A teenager claims police broke down her door while she was half-naked in her bathroom, performed a body cavity search on her rectum and vagina without gloves and forced her to sit naked while they searched her house for drugs.
Cozetta Davis, 19, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against multiple unnamed Chicago Police officers and the city of Chicago. The officers are named John Does in the suit.
Davis just finished taking a shower in her home in the 100 block of North Laporte Avenue about 2 p.m. on April 21 when an officer entered the bathroom with his gun drawn. Several other officers then entered the bathroom, and one of the officers began staring at her breasts. She was not allowed to cover up her body, according to the suit.
Officers handcuffed Davis, removed the shorts she was wearing and spread her legs, allowing other male officers to walk by and see her undressed body, the suit said. Officers performed a body cavity search on Davis's rectum and vagina without gloves.
During the search, Davis asked for permission to obtain a sanitary pad because she was menstruating at the time, but officers did not allow her to do so, the suit said.
The officers made Davis sit in her living room naked while they searched her home for drugs and other drug paraphernalia. Officers repeatedly ignored pleas from Davis to allow her to get dressed and obtain a sanitary pad while they searched the home, the suit said. The officers told her to shut up and be quiet.
After approximately two hours, Davis was uncuffed and able to put on a shirt.
When the officers left, Davis found a search warrant on her table that named a person whom she did not know and the scope of the warrant was for cannabis and other drug paraphernalia.
The suit -- which claims illegal detention, illegal search and seizure, and civil rights violation -- seeks in excess of $50,000 in damages.
October 14, 2009