Woman To Be Awarded $205,000 Settlement After a Humiliating Drug Search By the San Antonio Police Department

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A woman to be awarded $205,000 settlement after a humiliating drug search by the San Antonio Police Department. On August 8th, 2016, Natalie Simms was subjected to public humiliation during a virginal cavity search by police officers that was conducted in full view of male officers and other passers-by. Simms was shocked when the police ask her to spread her legs and raise her hands to search her at the side of a street in San Antonio, TX.

The police were investigating that area for possible illegal drug activity. There had been a lot of complaints about the issue for several months. A police officer reported that she had spotted Natalie Simms (who also has a criminal record) accompanied by another unknown woman walking beneath an underpass where she appeared to be selling drugs.

Before her search, the police asked for consent to search the victimโ€™s car, which she willingly gave because she had nothing to hide. Nothing suspicious was found in the car. A police female officer was then called to search her. After they didnโ€™t find anything in her pockets, she was subjected to a vaginal cavity search which led to her tampon being pulled out.

Simms filed a lawsuit last year at the western district of Texas. She sued the city as well as Mara Wilson โ€“ the now-retired police detective who searched her โ€“ for unspecified damages. She alleged that the act resulted in significant and lasting harm and was a blatant violation of her rights.

The legal battle seems to be coming to an end as the city schedules to vote on a proposed settlement that would award Natalie Simms $205,000. While the San Antonio Police Department has not offered an official apology and not admitted to liability, the fact that sheโ€™ll receive compensation shows that what she went through was wrong.

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