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A mother plans to sue for $12.5 million after she says a female sexually assaulted her until she bled during a cavity search.
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.
Reynolds said that she sobbed as an officer searched her vagina and rectum with unlubricated hands, then aggressively poked and prodded a hemorrhoid, (as) Erica yelped in pain.
The claim continues: No evidence of any crime was ever discovered on or within Ericas body that day. 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 2018 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.
Her lawyers, Heather Hamel and Steve Bendito, wrote in the claim that the search was illegal because a body cavity search by police must (1) follow a lawful arrest, (2) be undertaken pursuant to a search warrant, (3) and be completed by a medical professional in a sterile location…This search was none of these things.
After the search, Reynoldss daughter took her to the hospital where she told staff members I think I was raped by police officers. They did a body cavity search and now I have bleeding.
Medical records mentioned in the claim said that medical staff noted that Reynolds had been sexually assaulted and had rectal bleeding.
According to AZCentral, court records do not indicate that Reynolds was charged in any crime following the encounter.
The ordeal continued, she said, when she posted a tearful Facebook video on January 11 describing the encounter with police.
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