CHICAGO — A woman is filing a lawsuit after being deeply humiliated when a group of male police officers forced her to strip on the road, joking about her body as they forced her to remove her bloody tampon.
It began when the woman and her two male friends were startled to see an unmarked car driving toward them on the wrong side of the street, according to Courthouse News.
Officers emerged from the car and decided to perform a “search.”
They detained the woman and her friends and took them to a nearby alley where they could not be seen by residents in the community.
At that point another cop, officer Wherfel, came to the scene and ordered the woman to remove her pants, while surrounded by five other officers — all males.
According to reports, the woman begged the officers to keep her pants on.
She explained that she had a tampon inside of her because she was menstruating.
“Are you really forcing me to strip in front of these men?” asked the woman.
“Yes,” said officer Wherfel, while snapping on latex gloves.
That’s when officer Wherfel ordered the woman to take out her tampon.
Humiliated and crying, the woman was forced to pull out her blood-stained tampon in front of everybody and leave it on the ground, exposing herself to the group of men.
Officer Wherfel got close to the woman and began finger “probing” the woman’s vagina.
As Wherfel did this, the other five officers began making jokes about the woman’s body, adding to her humiliation.
No drugs or other illegal contraband were found on the woman, according to the lawsuit. The woman, however, reports that officer Wherfel planted a sack of heroin on her in order to falsely arrest her after the humiliation.
The woman is now suing for unlawful search and seizure, false arrest, conspiracy to violate civil rights, failure to intervene, and emotional distress and battery, according to the Courthouse News report.