WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The woman who had her mouth taped shut by police at the Big E in 2011 is now suing West Springfield and former Police Captain Daniel O’Brien.
Izabella Monticello filed a lawsuit in Springfield U.S. District Court on Monday. In 2011, she was taken into custody by police for allegedly being drunk and disorderly. The lawsuit claims O’Brien then secured her wrists, ankles and head to a chair, then placed duct tape or red police evidence tape over her mouth. The woman was eventually let go without any charges.
Monticello’s attorney David Hoose told 22News they are seeking $2 million in damages, and would not say where the woman is from.
O’Brien was later placed on leave and then fired due in part to this incident. He was offered a package to retire, but declined and is waiting for a civil service hearing in June. O’Brien has said in the past the department did not buy spit guards and he was protecting himself from a woman who was spitting at officers.