Judge orders FBI to submit report in case against Granite City and police officers
Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla on Friday ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigations to provide information to both parties in a lawsuit against the City of Granite City and several of its police officers.
Plaintiff Richard M. Hennemann claims he was waiting in the booking area of the Granite City Police Department on May 5, 2010 when at least three police officers attacked him.
According to Hennemann's complaint, officers "beat, kicked, punched, and battered him." He is suing the city, as well as officers Raymond Takmajian, Dean Bastilla and Gene Wilkinson.
Hylla ordered the FBI to provide to the parties in the case an "un-redacted copy of the FBI file in this matter, generated as a result of a complaint filed by Plaintiff Hennemann on or about May 17, 2010, including all witness statements."
Hennemann allegedly sustained serious injuries and incurred medical costs. His every day performance was hindered, and he lost wages, the complaint says.
Hylla called the case based upon the defendants' motion to compel on Jan. 6.
Plaintiff's counsel said they had no records about the dates of medical treatment, but agreed to direct their client to execute medical authorizations to obtain records and bills for treatment at Memorial Hospital and St. Elizabeth's Hospital prior to the plaintiff's deposition.
In their defense, the city, Takmajian, Bastilla, Wilkinson and unknown Granite City police officers, claim Hennemann resisted arrest, attempted to escape and fought with officers, who acted in self-defense.
Hennemann is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000.
He is represented by Thomas Lech and H. Carl Runge Jr. of Runge and Lech in Collinsville.
Ronald Roth and Dawn Kamadulski O'Leary from the firm of Roth Evans in Granite City represent the defense.
Jane Unsell from the firm of Unsell & Schattnik in Wood River also represents the defense.
Madison County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-428.