Gary reserve officer allegedly broke arrested woman’s jaw
by Lori Caldwell firstname.lastname@example.org|648-3258 February 14, 2013 3:28PM
Hakima Qualls | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 17, 2013 6:22PM
GARY — A 20-year-old resident of Dorie Miller Housing Development is out of jail after posting bond on several charges, including one alleging she spit on a reserve officer as he tried to arrest her.
Hamikah I. Qualls, of 2087 Maine St., was hospitalized after her arrest because she had a broken jaw.
The department’s Internal Affairs Division is expected to investigate the incident leading to her injuries. One of the arresting officers, reserve Craig Morris, allegedly punched her in the face after she was handcuffed and spit on him.
She is charged with battery by bodily waste, a felony and misdemeanor charges of battery, resisting law enforcement and disorderly conduct. She posted $15,000 bail and was released from Lake County Jail on Wednesday, court records show.
Qualls, who apparently had been drinking, refused to quiet down after two Gary Housing Authority security officers broke up an argument about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. She told the officers, “Leave me alone.”
Other Dorie Miller residents began to watch as officers tried to remove Qualls, who was not wanted at another woman’s house in the 2000 block of Maine Street.
She told them, “I am a criminal justice major and I know the law,” and said she didn’t have to listen to them. She kicked Morris in the leg, court records state.
When police decided to arrest her, she struggled with officers and tried to keep them from closing the squad car door by blocking it with her foot, the probable cause affidavit states. After the door was closed, “she immediately opened the door and tried to run away but was stopped,” the affidavit states.
Sometime after she was handcuffed, but before the arrived at the police station, Morris allegedly punched her in the face, breaking her jaw. She was held under police guard at the hospital until she was moved to Lake County Jail.