A California woman’s lawsuit does not endure the “tape test,” after dash camera footage released proves her claims that she and her daughter were sexually assaulted by Pasadena police officers during a 2016 traffic stop are false.
The woman and her daughter claim that during the 2016 traffic stop, one of the officers used his bare hands to “rub between the legs” and in the “crotch” and “buttocks” areas and inside the pants of the daughter. The lawsuit also alleges the mother was ordered to expose her breasts.
However, newly released dash camera footage that captured the incident shows the officers are not only innocent of the malicious claims, but that they acted professionally throughout the entire interaction (full video below).
Pasadena’s acting Public Information Officer, Lisa Derderian, called the $25 million lawsuit “baseless.”
“The claims on which the lawsuit rests are easily proven false,” Derderian told NBC Los Angeles. “Pasadena Police Department patrol officers initiated a traffic stop based upon a detective investigation and traffic violation witnessed by police. As per department policies and procedures, the officers remained professional the entire time, assessed the situation, speaking with the individuals and conducting appropriate and necessary searches of the individuals -a waist-band check for weapons- and of the vehicle. After the vehicle and individuals were searched and questioned, they were free to leave the scene.”
Derderian noted that the incident was investigated after the women went to Pasadena Police HQ and complained.
“When the police department received a personnel complaint, a thorough review of the incident was undertaken per department policy,” she said. “The in-car camera footage from the patrol car clearly shows that the officers acted appropriately.”
The women -who were 41 and 20 years of age at the time of the incident- claim their rights were violated and that the police department refused to take any comprehensive action against the officers.
“We’re living in the age of the ‘Me Too’ movement and people have to be held accountable for their actions, including police officers,” said Dakar Diourbel, an attorney representing the plaintiffs. “It’s time for the sexual assaults and violence committed against women to stop, once and for all.”
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