Bloomington Police investigate alleged misconduct claim

By WEEK Reporter

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 10:11 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Bloomington Police are investigating an alleged case of police misconduct after a fight broke out at a Denny's last month.

Police responded to a fight at Denny's, 701 S. Eldorado Road, in the early morning hours of June 30. Authorities say when they arrived there were several hundred people in the parking lot of the business.

Police say as they were clearing out people from the business, a woman identified as Gabriella Calhoun, 18, allegedly pushed and then struck an officer. It took two officers to arrest Calhoun.

Authorities say that a large crowd of people became aggressive towards the officers, forcing the officers to deploy a spray to disperse them.

One person was stabbed during the incident but did not wish to pursue charges. Two police officers also suffered minor injuries.

Calhoun was the only person arrested during the incident. She has been charged with aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting arrest.

However, in an article from that has gone viral on the internet, Calhoun claims she never assaulted a Bloomington Police officer.

Calhoun says she and a group of friends were in the restaurant when a fight broke out between two girls outside. She says her friends were not involved but officers removed a male from their table and escorted him from the building.

When Calhoun attempted to reach for the him, she says she was grabbed by a female officer who struck her in the face with night stick, knocking her unconscious.

In the article, Calhoun says, “I awoke spitting my teeth out on the ground.” She also says the officer began to choke her once she regained consciousness.

Bloomington Police Department officials say they have launched an investigation into the incident.