Although most police officers are good men and women who risk their lives daily to protect and serve the public, there are a few who abuse the power of the badge. In the case of one Louisiana police officer, three plaintiffs were able to prove that abuse took place. Damages were awarded for the case in which an officer threatened to falsely accuse them of DUI if they did not expose themselves to him.
The plaintiffs in the case were just awarded $100,000 in a lawsuit against the Ville Platte Police Department and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office. The officer in the case was accused of forcing two females to allow him to take pictures of them while they were topless. He told them that if they did not comply, he would arrest them on the false DUI charges.
The incident occurred in August of 2015 when the two women and a man were headed home from a bar. They had a flat tire and had to pull over on the side of the road, where the police officer pulled in behind their car. The cop then began to make lewd comments, which they took as a joke at first. When he threatened to call the Louisiana State Police as back up if they did not comply with his commands to expose themselves. Afterward, the cop showed off his pictures with other police officers at a Y-Not Stop gas station.
According to the lawsuit, this was not the first time that this Louisiana police officer had photographed and exploited the women that he had pulled over. He often shared his trophies with other police officers, according to the report. If anyone has been falsely charged with DUI in a similar case, they will need an experienced criminal law attorney to help prove their innocence.
Source: legalreader.com, "Serve and Protect", Sara E. Teller, March 17, 2017