In an arrest that has sparked outrage over alleged Fourth Amendment rights violations, an Arizona police officer arrested a woman while she was wearing nothing but a towel.
Esmeralda Rossi from Chandler said she felt “molested” and “violated” after Officer Doug Rose and his partner David Selvidge “illegally” entered her home while she was in the shower, in front of her daughter, who was left frightened.
“I was in the shower,” Rossi told ABC 15. “My daughter came to the shower and said there are two officers at the door. So I just grabbed a towel."
The cops arrived at the woman’s house after receiving a 911 call about an argument between her and her estranged husband.
A video obtained from Selvidge’s body camera shows Rose violently handcuffing Rossi in her kitchen, forcing her to drop the only piece of cloth covering her.
While Rossi admits to copping an attitude with the officer, she says Rose became very aggressive after she told him to wait so she could go get a cell phone.
“It made me very uncomfortable,” Rossi said. “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 is now suing the city for violating her civil rights.
“This was not the proper treatment of a citizen,” said Marc Victor, Rossi’s attorney. “This was disgusting. This was barbaric.”
“Any one of us would be upset if a police officer barged into our homes without permission,” he added. “She had a right to be upset.”
While Officer Rose has since retired, the second cop involved in the incident has been cleared of wrongdoing.