Family who fought with deputies settles lawsuit
WOODSTOCK – A $300,000 settlement has been reached between several McHenry County sheriff's deputies and a former Crystal Lake couple who were injured after police arrested their son.
McHenry County Deputy Administrator John Labaj said that taxpayers are responsible for a third of the money because of insurance. A $100,000 self-insured retention, which is like a deductible, had been reached long ago because of the associated legal bills, he said.
The lawsuit filed in federal court stemmed from a 2008 incident in which deputies were serving an arrest warrant for the son of Carla and Jerome Pavlin following a domestic disturbance with his wife.
The Pavlins' attorney, Louis Meyer, said that Carl Pavlin cracked the door at his parents' home then shut it and deputies broke in the door.
Once the deputies entered, Carl Pavlin was arrested – but they didn't leave, Meyer said.
"What they should have done and they had time to do was get a search warrant," Meyer said.
Jerome Pavlin protested and was thrown to the ground by a deputy, was cuffed tightly and dragged to the squad car, Meyer said.
Carla Pavlin began to pull on a deputy's vest and he then struck her in the chest. She struck her back on a granite countertop. As a result, she was hospitalized for several days and was not mobile for several weeks, Meyer said.
Carla Pavlin also suffered from psychological issues, such as post-traumatic stress.
"She had a fear of an officer coming back and taking her husband," Meyer said.
The couple has since moved to Georgia.
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