RACINE — A Racine woman is suing the City of Racine and a Racine police officer over injuries she claims to have sustained after being arrested in September 2017.
A complaint claims that Masharaya Lakeesha Bostick, 26, was injured “due to the negligence of the Racine Police Department” after being arrested on Sept. 7, 2017.
Last week, the Finance and Personnel Committee approved having the City Attorney’s Office defend the city, the Police Department and the involved officer in the lawsuit.
The extent and nature of the reported injuries were not explained in the complaint, although Bostick’s insurer has requested the city pay $418.59, in addition to “any other medical payments made, or to be made, as well as interest” plus attorney’s fees.
What reportedly happened
Bostick was arrested by several Racine Police officers on Sept. 7, 2017, after she allegedly was found to have smoked marijuana inside a vehicle, according to a criminal complaint. Crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia were allegedly found in the vehicle’s trunk after officers searched it.
She and another man were charged in the incident, although charges were dropped in October 2017.
According to the complaint filed against the city on June 4, Bostick “sustained multiple injuries, suffered great pain of body and mind, incurred medical and hospital expenses and lost wages.”
The complaint claims that a Racine officer “was careless and negligent by failing to maintain proper management and control of the vehicle, operating the vehicle in an inattentive manner, and leaving the plaintiff (Bostick) unattended in a moving vehicle” outside the Police Department, 730 Center St.
A claim for damages was sent to the city on Jan. 11, but the claim was “disallowed and denied” on May 7. The following month, Bostick’s insurer — Comp-Care Health Services Insurance Corporation/Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield — retained a private attorney and has since moved to have a jury trial.
Defense for the city and the officer involved will be provided in-house via the City Attorney’s Office, thus allowing the city to avoid “additional cost of defense” in the case, according to the city.
Today's mugshots: July 8
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Dwaine A. Belcher
Dwaine A. Belcher, 1300 block of Thurston Avenue, Racine, false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation, substantial battery, felony intimidation of a witness, felony intimidation of a victim, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct.
Jeffery Neil Biondich Jr.
Jeffery Neil Biondich Jr., Franklin, burglary of a building or dwelling, felony theft (movable property between $2,500 and $5,000).
Marshaun L. Emery
Marshaun L. Emery, 3100 block of Conrad Drive, Racine, possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture THC (less than or equal to 200 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia.
Edward L. Esposito
Edward L. Esposito, 1300 block of Maple Street, Racine, first degree reckless injury with use of a dangerous weapon, first degree recklessly endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon, criminal damage to property.
Nancy J. Hozeska
Nancy J. Hozeska, 500 block of Storle Avenue, Burlington, misdemeanor intimidation of a victim, felony bail jumping.
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Maurice McCurty, 500 block of 11th Street, Racine, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operate motor vehicle while revoked.
Marcus D. Minor
Marcus D. Minor, 5200 block of Washington Avenue, Racine, uttering a forgery.
Nicole Jean Schroeder
Nicole Jean Schroeder, 6200 block of Larchmont Drive, Racine, disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon, felony bail jumping.
Vincent Tyrone Cannon
Vincent Tyrone Cannon, 5300 block of Biscayne Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Thomas Cobbs, 3500 block of Meachem Road, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Johnathan W. Klass
Johnathan W. Klass, 2600 block of Cottonwood Court, Racine, disorderly conduct.
Keith Walter Laur
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Keith Walter Laur, Fox Point, disorderly conduct.
Matthew J. Madsen
Matthew J. Madsen, 2100 block of Romayne Avenue, Racine, disorderly conduct.
Daniel S. Perez
Daniel S. Perez, 2900 block of Four Mile Road, Racine, obstructing an officer.
Douglass H. Potter
Douglass H. Potter, 8800 block of Maple Drive, Caledonia, disorderly conduct.
Todd E. Rintelman
Todd E. Rintelman, 200 block of Origen Street, Burlington, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Francisco Silva Valencia
NO PHOTO AVAILABLE
Francisco Silva Valencia, 1000 block of Delamere Avenue, Racine, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer.
Xavier Desun Taylor
Xavier Desun Taylor, 1600 block of Kentucky Street, Racine, resisting an officer, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, misdemeanor battery.
Shannon L. Turner
Shannon L. Turner, Milwaukee, obstructing an officer.
Philip A. Waldbauer
Philip A. Waldbauer, 500 block of N. Pine Street, Burlington, misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct.
Hassan A. Whitfield
Hassan A. Whitfield, 200 block of Howland Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor theft (false representation less than $2,500).