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Iowa police officer seen on video beating female shoplifter

By Mason White 5:20 AM August 8, 2013
Brandie Redell 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with theft related charges, but not before receiving a brutal beat-down by a police officer, according to video uploaded to the internet.

A Quad Cities, Iowa police officer is still on duty and free of criminal charges despite the video showing him brutally beating a female thief, who was not resisting arrest.

The woman, 34-year-old Brandie Redell, was caught trying to shoplift several hundred dollars in womenswear from the Van Maur department store in Davenport. Store security called police, who proceeded to interrogate the woman inside a small office.

A security camera in the store clearly shows two police officers in the office along with Redell and her 1-year-old daughter.
While Redell was talking on her cell phone, one of the officers, identified as Scott Crow, suddenly approached Redell, throwing her to the floor, and hitting her with furious blows in the face, head and body.

“I was crying and begging him to get off me,” Redell said. Redell’s right eye was injured in the brutal attack. She said her vision is still affected despite the fact that the attack occurred more than five months ago.
In the police report, officer Crow claimed that Redell bit his finger, something she did not deny.

“I bit his finger because there was nothing else I could do to stop the attack,” she said. She explained that Crow did not stop beating her despite her pleas.

Redell pleaded guilty to petty theft. A second misdemeanor charge of assaulting a police officer was dropped.
Redell said she now suffers from panic attacks every time she sees a police officer. She is getting therapy in order to help deal with what happened.

As for Crow, he has been disciplined for using excessive force, but remains on the job. He has not been charged in connection with the brutal attack.