A Fort Dodge woman who says she was assaulted by police two years ago is now going public because she says the city and police have refused to discipline the officers involved.
Kendra Steinberg was arrested on a minor charge—misdemeanor public intoxication. But security video of her booking shows her handcuffed to a wall–when a Fort Dodge police officer comes up behind her and whips the chair away–leaving her dangling by her wrist. “It did hurt. I was shocked.” Steinberg says, “My hand as cuffed to the wall and I wasn’t doing anything to strike at them or anything”
A second video shows Steinberg strapped to a chair while police remove her jewelry. Even though she can’t move her hands or feet, officers threaten to use a tazor on her several times. The video shows, she is moved out of sight of the camera while she says police used pliers to try to remove her belly-button piercing.
Steinberg is now suing the city to cover the cost of her medical bills. The Fort Dodge police chief did not return out multiple calls for comment.