A trained nurse, Rachelle Jackson ran toward the sound of the crash. A Chicago police car had collided with another vehicle and was starting to smoke, two officers still inside. Fearing an explosion, she quickly pulled one officer from the passenger side. The Chicago Tribune reports that she never imagined her act of kindness nearly six years ago would land her in jail for more than 10 months on charges that she robbed, battered, and disarmed a peace officer.
Yesterday, a federal jury awarded Jackson, 41, $7.7 million for false arrest, malicious prosecution, coercive questioning, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. When she arrived at the accident scene, the officer behind the wheel was unconscious and passenger Officer Kelly Brogan was dazed. She pulled Brogan from the wreckage and helped her to a nearby stoop. Soon after, police approached Jackson and told her that the driver’s weapon had been stolen. When she was asked to go to the police station for questioning, Jackson was accused of the theft. She was held for two days with little food and water and was threatened with violence until she agreed to sign a statement police had prepared for her.