Woman sues NYPD for alleged illegal strip search over DUI suspicions
A Bronx woman claims she was unlawfully arrested by the NYPD for driving drunk — and was then subjected to an “illegal” strip and cavity search for a DUI charge that was ultimately dropped, a scathing, million-dollar Manhattan federal court lawsuit alleges.
Noheme Perez, who filed her suit Monday, said she was in the vicinity of 7th Avenue and W. 122nd Street in Harlem around 7:32 p.m. on May 15, 2017, and was obeying all traffic laws when she was stopped by two NYPD officers, identified as Yvonne Edwards and Geoffrey Wyrick, the lawsuit states.
Seemingly without cause, Edwards and Wyrick questioned Perez and placed her under custody, the court filing shows.
Perez claims the cops handcuffed her in an “excessively forceful and tight fashion, which caused her to suffer substantial pain and discomfort” and then conducted an “illegal strip search and cavity inspection,” back at the precinct, according to court papers.
Lawyers for the woman claim “there was no reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe that any contraband had been secreted therein” and therefore, the invasive searches were illegal, the lawsuit says.
In a criminal complaint against Perez, she claims the officers “knowingly and intentionally gave false, misleading, or incomplete information,” to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, including allegations Perez appeared drunk through “watery, glossy eyes” and had the stench of alcohol on her breath, the lawsuit alleges.
Charges against Perez were ultimately dropped and sealed and she believes she was being unfairly targeted because of her race as a Hispanic woman.
Perez is seeking at least $1 million in damages.
The NYPD did not immediately return a request for comment.
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