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City of San Antonio to pay $205k settlement to woman after officer searched her vagina in public

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The metropolis of San Antonio has reportedly agreed to pay a woman $205,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging {that a} police detective pulled down her shorts in public and performed a drug search in her vagina in entrance of different male officers. The detective accused of conducting the unlawful vaginal cavity search, Mara Wilson, was by no means reprimanded by the police division, and has since retired.

According to an agenda posted online, the City council is scheduled to vote Thursday whether or not to fund the settlement by way of the town’s Self-Insurance Liability Fund.

The lawsuit, filed in 2018 by Natalie D. Simms, alleges that SAPD Detective Mara Wilson, now retired, performed an unlawful vaginal cavity search on Simms after she was approached by officers whereas she sat on a curb ready for her boyfriend.

The officers requested Simms, who has a legal file, if they may search her automotive for medicine, San Antonio Current reported. When the search turned up no contraband, they known as for a feminine officer to search her particular person.

Detective Mara Wilson in a 2001 photograph from the San Antonio Police Officers Association annual awards ceremony. A San Antonio woman filed a lawsuit final yr towards Wilson, who has since retired, alleging that the detective inappropriately searched her for contraband. Photo: Anthony Padilla, Contributor / SAEN.

Mara Wilson, a 32-year drive veteran, slid down Simms’ shorts and examined her vagina in entrance of male officers in the center of the road, courtroom papers allege. The officer additionally pulled a tampon from Simms’ vagina and held it up, inspecting it in entrance of the opposite cops.

The go well with references video footage taken from a squad automotive digital camera that seems to present Simms elevating objections when it appeared Wilson was prepared to probe her anus to proceed the search.

“Officer Wilson had violated Natalie vaginally, and now it appeared that she might violate Natalie anally,” the lawsuit alleges. “She was doing so without a warrant, with no medical personnel present, and on a public street in view of several people as well as those passing by.”

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According to the go well with, Wilson was by no means disciplined for the search as a result of inside affairs discovered that she hadn’t violated any division insurance policies. She retired in 2017.

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