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Man Sues Cop For Anal Probe On Sidewalk, “Stop Fingering Me Bro!”

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Man Sues Cop For Anal Probe On Sidewalk, “Stop Fingering Me Bro!”

A man in Washington, DC, is suing a cop for forcing him into an anal probe on the sidewalk. In cellphone footage, the victim can be heard yelling at the officer to “stop fingering me, bro!”

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39-year-old M.B. Cottingham was searched by Metropolitan Police Department Officer Sean Lojacono in the city’s Bellevue section on Sept. 27, 2017, following a stop-and-frisk. Cottingham and his friends were standing on a sidewalk discussing plans for his upcoming birthday 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 asked Cottingham and his friends if they had any weapons, which the group said they did not. Cottingham then pulled out a legal amount of marijuana from his sock and agreed to let Lojacono pat him down further to avoid a confrontation, ACLU officials said. However, Lojacono was later seen in the video turning a routine frisk into a “shocking and unjustified invasion” of Cottingham’s privacy, according to ACLU staff attorney Scott Michelman, who is representing Cottingham.

“He stuck his finger in my crack, man,” Cottingham said to his friends during the search, video shows. “Don’t do that, man … I don’t have nothing.”

Cottingham then followed the officer’s instructions and squatted down to allow the search to continue, but the officer probed far beyond the standard scope of a pat-down, according to ACLU officials. He proceeded to jam his fingers into the man’s buttocks and anus and 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.

The officer’s actions depicted on the video shows a “violation of [his] constitutional rights and basic dignity,” Michelman 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,” Michelman said in a statement.

A police spokesman declined to comment when reached Thursday by The Post, citing pending litigation. ACLU officials said the department’s chief, Peter Newsham, acknowledged during a DC Council hearing last week that he saw the video and felt the officer had touched Cottingham inappropriately, NY Post reports.

In addition to discomfort in his genital area for weeks following the pat down, 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.”

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