A woman from North Carolina has accused a male Raleigh police officer of sexual abuse by stroking her during a recent arrest.
The roadblock that the 26-year-old woman landed behind bars took place in September and was recorded on the officer's body camera, where he touched the breasts and buttocks of the female driver and slid his hand between her thighs.
Raleigh Police Chief Casandra Deck-Brown held a press conference on Wednesday and defended officer K.E. Van Althius, insisting that he did nothing wrong.
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A 26-year-old woman drove in Raleigh, North Carolina in September when she was detained on suspicion of DUI (screenshot of the body camera video can be seen above)
Officer K.E. Van Althius fascinated the driver and continued his pat on the back
Video shows the male agent unzipping the woman's jacket and touching her breasts
Van Althius can be seen in this screenshot that beats the buttocks of the woman over her shorts
The officer then ordered the handcuffed woman to spread her legs and his hand between his thighs
& # 39; That officer was absolutely professional in everything he did & # 39 ;, Deck-Brown told reporters. & # 39; He performed a valid search incident for the arrest of a DWI suspect. & # 39;
Raleigh lawyer Karen Griffin, who has been detained by the woman in the video from the body camera, views the situation very differently.
The driver's lawyer, Karen Griffin, accused the officer who was conducting the search for sexual violence
& # 39; The officer has touched my client in every way that a normal person, especially a woman, would not want to be touched by a man & # 39 ;, she told the station WRAL.
Griffin says her client was detained at a gas station in St Mary & # 39; s Street on September 25 on suspicion of drunk driving and handcuffed.
According to the lawyer, by the time she started stroking the woman, Van Althius had already searched the interior of her car and her bag on the stage, and Griffin says there is nothing to suggest that her client had smuggled her person.
& # 39; There was no reason why he should have felt her buttocks like him, her breasts or under her legs, & # 39; she said ABC11.
The lawyer also asked why Van Althius carried out the pat-down of her client, even though there was also a female officer on site.
Officer Van Althius can be seen in the bodycam video that unzips the woman's jacket to reveal her black tube top underneath, touch her breasts and, according to the woman's lawyer, even shake it.
Van Althius then continues the woman's buttocks, dressed in white shorts.
With the woman's hands behind her back, the officer instructs her to stand against the car with her back turned to him and her legs spread; he strokes his hand between her thighs.
Deck-Brown lashed out at Griffin during Wednesday's press conference and mentioned the allegations of her & # 39; egregious, incorrect and unprofessional & # 39 ;.
Raleigh Police Chief Casandra Deck-Brown defended her officer in a press conference on Wednesday and said he had done the search well and did nothing wrong
The police chief argued that officer Van Althius carried out the search in accordance with his training and that he treated the driver with dignity and respect during his work.
& # 39; I don't need an officer who runs away and doesn't do a thorough investigation, & # 39; she said, adding that Griffin not only undermined the work of police officers, but also the legitimate claims of victims of sexual abuse.
At the time of her arrest, the 26-year-old driver had almost twice the legal alcohol limit.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman reviewed the body camera video and concluded that the officer's actions against the woman were not illegal.
& # 39; Is this something that we would like to see done or done? No, & she said about the invasive search. & # 39; Is it something that is illegal in the context of an investigation into an arrest? It doesn't seem to be there now. & # 39;
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