The rap group NWA said, “F*CK da Police,” but what happens when “da Police” wanna f**k too? A DC man found that out two years ago and is now suing the police department and the cop that violated his manhood.
Washington, DC resident M.B. Cottingham is suing a police officer for probing his anus and grabbing his genitals in an invasive body search during a stop-and-frisk last year.
In the 2-minute video of the incident, Cottingham, a 39-year-old ice cream vendor, is seen being searched by Metropolitan Police Department Officer Sean Lojacono in the Bellevue Section on September 27.
Cottingham and his friends were on hanging out on sidewalk, when two cop cars pulled up, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims the cop violated Cottingham’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Several officers then asked Cottingham and his friends if they had any weapons, to which the group replied, the didn’t. Cottingham, however, retrieved a legal amount of marijuana from his sock and agreed to let Lojacono pat him down further to avoid a confrontation, said ACLU officials.
“He stuck his finger in my crack, man,” Cottingham said to his friends during the search. “Don’t do that, man … I don’t have nothing.”
The officer then directed Cottingham to squat down to probe further, and allegedly jammed his fingers into Cottingham’s buttocks and anus, then grabbed his scrotum.
“Stop fingering me though, bruh,” Cottingham told Lojacano. “You fingering my a–, man.”
“I’m outside your pants, bro,” the officer replied. “Relax.”
“Don’t sit here and finger my a— like that, like I’m not a man,” Cottingham said.
“When a routine frisk turns into a search this invasive, the officer is not pursuing a legitimate law enforcement purpose but simply degrading someone and asserting his own power,” said ACLU staff attorney Scott Michelman who is representing Mr. Cottingham.
In addition to discomfort in his genital area for weeks, Cottingham now suffers ongoing anxiety, depression and fear of being in public, ACLU officials said.
“I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” Cottingham said in a statement. “It’s bad enough that members of my community are stopped and frisked by the police all the time. I’ve been frisked many times and even beaten by police. But this officer treated me like I’m not even a human being.” #SayHisName