After Arizona police officers illegally entered the home of Esmeralda Rossi and handcuffed her, she is now planning to sue the city of Chandler for the incident, according to NY Daily News.
Veteran police officer and former marine Doug Rose and his partner arrived at Rossi’s home after a 911 call was made about an argument between her and her estranged husband.
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Rossi’s daughter answered the door upon their arrival and informed the officers that she was in the shower. When Rossi met the two officers at the door with just a towel on, she claims that Rose became “very aggressive,” and she then told him to wait at the door as she retrieved her cell phone.
Without probable cause, Officer Rose illegally entered the woman’s home, threatening to arrest her although she had never committed a crime. Rossi admits that she took an attitude with the officer, but her attorney Marc Victor says “anyone would be agitated in her situation.”
The woman’s daughter began filming the encounter upon the officers’ illegal entrance.
“I felt helpless. I felt violated. And honestly, I felt molested,” she says.
“It made me very uncomfortable. So I closed the door. I turn to go into my living room, and 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.”
Rossi then began screaming “don’t touch me” as the officer walks towards her to handcuff her while she is naked.
“You have no clothes on at all?” asks the police officer, and Rossi replied with “I was in the shower! What are you doing?”
Rose later tells Rossi, “Don’t take the attitude with cops, because we don’t play. When a cop shows up… you’re not the one in charge. I don’t care if this is your house. Do you understand me?”
Twenty minutes after lecturing Rossi in her own home, the officer took the handcuffs off.
When the officers left Rossi’s home without making any arrests, the second officer – who remains unnamed – contacted their superior and reported Rose’s “disturbing actions.”
“This was not the proper treatment of a citizen,” said Victor. “This was disgusting. This was barbaric. Any one of us would be upset if a police officer barged into our homes without permission. She had a right to be upset.”
After an investigation was launched regarding Rose’s disturbing behavior, he retired and was able to collect a pension from the department.
Investigators uncovered that he not only entered the home illegally, but he failed to document what transpired at the woman’s home, including the horrifying moment when he handcuffed the naked woman.
Rossi plans to sue the city of Chandler for the ordeal as the aggressive cop entering her home illegally brought back horrifying moments as a child when she was molested.
“When I was standing there … I felt like I was 7 all over again in a dark room with a man that is just staring at me,” Rossi stated.
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