Suing Cincinnati police
A woman who says she was raped is suing a Cincinnati police officer for arresting her instead of helping her.
Cincinnati Police Department police cruiser.
CINCINNATI - A woman who says she was raped is suing a Cincinnati police officer for arresting her instead of helping her.
The woman says Officer Adrienne Brown took her to the Justice Center instead of a hospital and cussed her and treated her as if she were a criminal. The suit says Brown charged the woman with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
"She put me under arrest. She put me in a car,” the woman said on WLW Radio.
She said Brown told her to “ ‘get your (expletive) hands up!’ ”
“I'm getting my hands up for what? I'm a victim," the woman said.
Cruiser cam video shows Brown driving and the woman in the back seat banging on the divider and yelling at Brown to let her out of the car.
“You should never be in a situation where you don’t know your limit because you’re drinking too much,” Brown yells back at her.
Then Brown plays loud music on the radio to drown out the woman’s cries.
After she was booked into the Justice Center, the woman was held in a restraining chair with a bag over her head, the suit says.
Cincinnati police Sgt. Julian Johnson said police didn’t do enough to help the woman following her traumatic experience. "It didn't rise to the level of care and concern, expectations of our officers that we would like to see conveyed to the public," Johnson said.
Brown is working behind a desk while police investigate.
The lawsuit accuses Brown of false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.
(Warning: The lawsuit contains profanity).
The suit also accuses Brown of deliberately booking the woman under the wrong name to prevent her from receiving bond.
Attorney Eric Deters filed the lawsuit Monday morning.
The woman says she was raped by a cab driver in the early morning on Jan. 19 after partying at a downtown club. A patrol officer put her in the cab after she left the club, according to the suit.
Instead of driving to her Covington hotel, the taxi driver drove to a deserted lot on the west side, overpowered her and raped her in the back seat, the suit says.
"He put his hands around my throat, he choked me so hard, and I just kept thinking, I don't want to die here," the woman said on WLW.
According to the suit, the cabbie then pulled her out of the cab and slammed her to the ground, causing her to hit her head and go in and out of consciousness.
She was able to flag down two women, who called 911.
When Brown arrived, it was 3:55 a.m., the cruiser cam shows.
The woman was sitting in the good samaritans' car trying to call her family, the suit says. Brown told the woman to “get the (expletive) out of the car” and grabbed the phone out of her hand.
When the good samaritans asked if they could accompany the woman to the hospital, Brown replied, “No, you can (expletive) leave,” the suit says.
According to the suit, Brown put the woman in the backseat of the cruiser and started driving to University Hospital.
When Brown had trouble getting the woman’s information, she decided to charge her instead and took her to jail, the suit says.
The cruiser cam shows Brown speaking calmly and politely to the woman.
“‘Ma'am, you need to calm down,’" Brown says.
"What is your friends’ phone number so we can call them and they can pick you up?”
Brown tells the woman her supervisor told her to take her to the hospital.
"I’m taking you to a hospital so you can get some help," Brown says.
Then the woman tells Brown to take her to her hotel, the Radisson in Covington.
“OK, I'll take you to the Radisson." Brown says.
Soon the victim becomes agitated and starts banging on the cruiser's divider.
Other officers eventually arrived and the woman took a swing at one of them, police said.
"I am an elegant woman. I’m a professional woman,” the woman said on WLW. “I’m not a street woman, even though I was treated like street trash, not only by the cab driver, but the police treated me worse than the cab driver."
"The compassion factor needs to be greater,” Sgt. Johnson said of the police treatment of the woman, “and we need to listen and be as much help to an individual that we can possibly be."
Police said they are looking for the rapist.