The Chicago Tribune, March 11, 2011

A man who says he was tackled and arrested for no reason by police at Stroger Hospital while on his way to a doctor's appointment has filed a lawsuit against the hospital in Cook County Circuit Court. James Spidle, 56, alleges in the lawsuit that he had just walked into the hospital to see his cardiologist about 9:20 a.m. Aug. 9 when he noticed two people arguing near the door. As Spidle walked past them, an officer with Stroger's police force began yelling at him, the complaint states. According to the lawsuit, Spidle told the officer he had done nothing wrong and attempted to continue to his appointment, prompting the officer to say, "You're going to show me your ID if I have to lock (you) up." When Spidle attempted to walk away, several police officers jumped on his back and forced him to the ground, according to the lawsuit. Spidle alleges that the officers then stomped on his chest, dragged him to the hospital's security office, grabbed him by the neck and slammed him face first into the floor.

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