An Arizona police officer illegally forced his way into a woman’s home and arrested her while she was wearing nothing but a towel, and now the woman is suing the city for violating her civil rights.
Her daughter recorded the whole thing on a cell phone video, and the ensuing internal investigation forced the officer to retire.
“I felt helpless. I felt violated. And honestly, I felt molested. I was in the shower. My daughter came to the shower and said there are two officers at the door. So I just grabbed a towel.”
Chandler police officer Doug Rose came to Esmeralda Rossi’s door after he and his partner received a call about an argument she had with her ex.
When Rose became aggressive, Esmeralda closed the door and went to get her cell phone, which is when the officer burst into her apartment. That’s when Esmeralda and her daughter started their cell phone recordings, which they handed over to ABC 15.
“I probably get about five steps in; and all of a sudden, I just hear boots running in after me, telling me stop or I’ll arrest you.”
Rose manhandles Esmeralda until her towel falls off, and then pretends to be surprised she’s naked.
Esmeralda was never charged with a crime, and there are no police documents recording the woman’s arrest, un-arrest, or the fact that she was naked and wearing only a towel. Rose also didn’t have his body camera activated, so there was no video recording of the event other than the cell phone recordings.
Esmeralda complained to police department officials, who began an internal investigation and determined Rose entered the house illegally after becoming angry.
Because Rose retired rather than wait to be fired, he remains eligible to receive his pension.
That’s not the only drama Arizona police have seen this year.
In March, eight officers and 7 family members got in a fight in the parking lot of a Cottondood Walmart, resulting in one death and two shootings.
The Gaver family had been living in their SUV in the Walmart parking and begging for change when they decided to attack a store employee. Police were called and the confrontation began.
Then in April, a Marana police officer used his patrol car as a weapon and rammed into an armed suspect carrying a gun down the road after going on a crime spree.
The incident was caught on dashcam, and the viral video sparked outrage, with many people calling the incident an example of police brutality.
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