Erica Reynolds, 37, filed a precursor to a lawsuit on Monday against the city of Phoenix and its police department, accusing them of false imprisonment, sexual assault, and wrongful arrest. And only after this humiliating display of state violence was Erica finally allowed to leave the police precinct. According to the claim, Reynolds was pulled over in December because she met with a man who police suspected was a drug dealer. Police, who had a drug sniffing dog, patted Reynolds down and searched her vehicle, but did not find anything, according to the claim. Reynolds was then taken to the police station where she claims she had her cavities violently searched by a female officer who did not change her gloves in between searches.
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A police officer searching Natalie Simms for illegal drugs told her to spread her legs on the side of a San Antonio street. To Ms. Simms, 40, after she said in the suit that the city had violated her constitutional rights and that the officer had conducted a vaginal cavity examination in public with male officers nearby.
In June , Texas police pulled over Charnesia Corley , a year-old college student at the time, for failing to stop her car and searched her under suspicions that she was carrying marijuana. Then, to her horror, they handcuffed her, body-slammed her, put her head under her car, took her pants off, put her ankles behind her ears, and reached into her vagina. She shines a light on me…. She proceeds to stick her fingers toward my vaginal area…. I immediately pop up [and say], 'Ma'am what are you doing? One officer was caught on tape saying, "Oh, we are going to find something, even if we have to put our hands on her. To this day, the incident traumatizes Corley. They're supposed to keep you safe, not rape you. That's how I feel. I feel like I was raped," she said.
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