Lawsuit filed against two campus officers

Kelly Wynne, News Editor

A lawsuit has been filed against College of DuPage campus officers James Tamburrino and Raul Valladares. Former COD student Jaclyn Pazera is pressing charges for an excessively forceful arrest.

Pazera was given a warning for smoking on campus, then followed into class by the two officers. Pazera’s teacher recorded video of the officers throwing Pazera out of her chair and repeatedly telling her to “stop resisting.”

The officers as well as COD’s police department have refused to comment, standing behind the college’s statement, issued on Nov. 6.

“The College of DuPage just learned of, but has not yet reviewed, the lawsuit that was filed today. Student safety is of utmost importance to us. Of course, we will investigate to determine the facts and take appropriate action.”

Both officers will be working throughout the investigation. The Courier is in contact with Pazera and her attorney, Brian Horwitz. This is a developing story.