Male motorcycle runner is accused of groping a woman’s breasts during the arrest after she gave a red light
The video shows the moment when a male police officer appears to touch a woman’s breasts while searching her during an arrest, despite her pleas for a female officer.
Police say 40-year-old Rosalinda Nuno Trevino was arrested for “multiple dangerous traffic violations,” including “honking the horn” and “driving a red light” at Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, on July 4.
A video of a bystander shows an Austin police officer trying to find Trevino for hidden weapons, stroking her chest twice with his hand.
After the first time she goes over her breasts, you hear Mrs. Trevino repeatedly say, “I demand a female officer,” while the filmmaker accuses the officer of “assaulting” her.
Austin police say their officer followed the correct protocol and was unable to get a female officer to attend the arrest because none were available.
They allege that the officer conducted the police camera search, while another officer was present in accordance with the guidelines.
In the video, the man behind the camera can be heard shouting to the officer, “Don’t touch her like that. Keep your hands off her. Get a female officer in here now she’s getting the fuck’s done. ‘
After the first pass over her breasts, Rosalinda Nuno Trevino, 40, (photo) has been repeatedly heard saying ‘I demand a female officer’
Austin police allege that the officer conducted the search for the vehicle’s camera while another officer was present in accordance with the guidelines
The woman gets upset when she is being held in handcuffs and is being searched by the officer
The video was shared on Twitter by StanceGrounded, a Pakistani-American human rights and civil rights activist from Detroit.
Despite Austin police claiming that the officer had adhered to the protocol, many Twitter users were unwilling to accept the search as reasonable treatment.
Greg Gingrich tweeted, “That wasn’t what I consider the back of the hand.”
While a Twitter user named DNT tweeted, “I think they should find a way to search the chest area without ‘bothering’ people.”
Kasy Bee tweeted, “This could have been prevented. The procedure does not always protect the suspect. Let’s talk about how you don’t use Force policies. ‘
A user named Stillbloom tweeted: What about the part where he grabs her chest without her permission? Wouldn’t that be classified as a sexual assault? ‘
Twitter users shared their thoughts on the arrest, and some believed that the search could have been ‘avoided’
Tommy Nelms tweeted, “It looks damn if you do it and damn if you don’t. Protect the people walking in traffic by arresting the person trying to drive. Officers to drive through the crowd and be slandered for making the arrest. I just can’t please some people. ‘
Others called on the police to release the officer’s name.
The charges against the officer come amid a wave of videos alleging that the police committed misconduct after George Floyd’s death.
The full statement from the Austin Police Department states: “APD is aware of a video circulating the arrest of 40-year-old Rosalinda Nuno Trevino for multiple dangerous traffic violations.
As for Case 20-1860985, on July 4, 2020, the Austin Police Department police units drove a protest march to protect people from traffic. Ms. Trevino drove behind these motorcycle officers in a white SUV.
‘Mrs. Trevino began to follow the officers closely with her vehicle and honked her horn continuously. She drove through empty parking lots and tried to drive her vehicle around the officers’ bikes. Officers told Mrs. Trevino to stay behind their bikes to ensure the safety of the marching people. Mrs. Trevino then stopped her vehicle, ran to an officer and asked for his license number, which the officer had provided.
At the intersection of 2nd Street and Congress Avenue, Ms. Trevino honked the horn for the second time and drove through a red light. Mrs. Trevino then stopped her vehicle and approached officers.
‘Mrs. Trevino was arrested for multiple dangerous traffic violations, including a red light, not giving priority to pedestrians, improper use of a horn, and not maintaining a safe free distance. As a crowd began to form, officers moved Mrs. Trevino to the front of an officer’s vehicle to conduct a search before taking her to prison.
During the search, he told Mrs. Trevino that there was no female officer available. He conducted the search for a police car where a vehicle camera could document and at least one other officer was present, as required by APD policy. ‘
The department also shared a copy of their search policy, which reads, “If a subject requests a search by a same-sex officer, an attempt should be made to have the same gender officer perform the search.
“If no same-sex officer is available, the search must be performed for a Mobile Audio Video (MAV) recording system, if available, or a second officer must be present.”
Regarding the method of seeking women, the policy states, “Officers will use the back of their hands and fingers to search / search sensitive areas of the opposite sex, including the chest, crotch, and buttocks.”