Jail video shows woman in rape case restrained, wearing spit mask

Suit: Cop jailed rape victim instead of helping

CINCINNATI -- A woman suing Cincinnati police over accusations she was falsely arrested was masked and restrained after being detained by police, jail video obtained Friday shows.

The woman, who is not being identified, said she was raped by a cab driver before Officer Adrienne Brown took her to the Justice Center instead of a hospital. She said Brown cussed at her and treated her as if she were a criminal.

The woman’s lawsuit states Brown charged her 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!’”

After she was booked into the Justice Center at about 5:20 a.m., the woman was forced to wear a spit mask and held in a restraining chair.

"She refused to comply with directions...she was yelling and screaming with such force that spit and saliva was getting on everyone, so a spit mask was used," a jail report states.

Cincinnati police said her treatment at the jail facility was procedure.

“The intake officers followed procedures for a disorderly arrest and uncooperative prisoner,” a police spokesperson said. “The intake officers then, following procedure, placed her in the restraint chair and placed a spit mask for everyone’s safety.”

Authorities said medical staff later evaluated the woman and a jail physician approved her placement in the restraint chair. 

The spit mask was removed at about 7:35 a.m. because she demonstrated a willingness to speak with corrections staff, police said. She was released from the facility at about 8:45 a.m.

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. The woman still faces charges for resisting arrest.

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