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We have learned that a man in Washington, DC, is suing a local police officer after he claims he was s*xually assaulted during a stop-and-frisk last year. The incident was caught on tape.
The victim, 39 year old M.B. Cottingham, told a court that while he was being searched, Metropolitan Police Department Officer Sean Lojacono stuck his finger in his anus and grabbed his genitals on Sept. 27th.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, M.B. and his friends were on a sidewalk discussing plans for his birthday when two cops pulled up to stop and frisk them. The Supreme Court has determined that stop-and-frisk as a method of policing is both INEFFECTIVE and UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
The officers asked M.R. and his friends if they had any weapons, and the group responded that they did not. Then Officer Cottingham began the assault.
In the 2 minute video that captures only a snippet of the encounter the cop is seen apparently S*XUALLY ASSAULTING M.B.
According to ACLU staff attorney Scott Michelman, the officer took what should’ve been a routine frisk and turned it into a “shocking and unjustified invasion” of his client’s privacy.
“He stuck his finger in my crack, man,” Cottingham said to his friends during the search, video shows. “Don’t do that, man … I don’t have nothing.”
Cottingham then followed the officer’s instructions to squat down to allow the search to continue, but the officer continued prodding far beyond the standard scope of a pat-down, according to ACLU officials, jamming his fingers into the man’s buttocks and anus and grabbing his scrotum.
“Stop fingering me though, bruh,” Cottingham told Lojacano. “You fingering my a–, man.”
“I’m outside your pants, bro,” the officer replied. “Relax.”
“Don’t sit here and finger my a— like that, like I’m not a man,” Cottingham said.
The officer’s actions depicted on the video show a “violation of [his] constitutional rights and basic dignity,” Michelman said.