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Department defends officer accused of “groping” woman in viral video

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Joseph Wilkinson

New York Daily News

Or as they called it, following department policy.

The Austin, Texas, police department defended an unnamed officer who was caught on video groping a woman on July 4.

The video, which has been viewed more than 12 million times on Twitter alone, shows the unnamed male officer searching Rosalinda Trevino after a traffic stop.

After the male officer touches her breast, Trevino, 40, demands that a female officer search her, but the man says no female cops are nearby. At the conclusion of the 15-second video, the officer takes a second swipe at Trevino’s breasts.

In a statement released Tuesday, Austin police said the cop did nothing wrong.

The statement conveniently points out exactly where Austin police policy allows male officers to grope female detainees.

“If a same gender officer is unavailable, the search should be conducted in front of a Mobile Audio Video (MAV) recording system, if available, or a second officer should be present,” the policy reads.

The policy also requires officers to try to find an officer of the same gender to search suspects, which the officer in the video claimed he did.

Police said Trevino committed multiple traffic violations while following motorcycle cops who were monitoring a protest march, leading to the stop.

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