Six Corrections Officers Charged For Illegally Strip Searching Women
Six female corrections officers have been charged for illegally strip searching women at a Manhattan Detention Center.
PIX 11 reports that the women have been accused of conducting strip searches on women without their consent. They are reported to have forced the women to take off their pants and underwear, touched their breasts, and examined their private parts.
Leslie-Ann Absalom 53, Daphne Farmer, 49, Jennifer George, 32, Lisette Rodriguez, 51, Alifa Waiters, 45, and Latoya Shuford, 36, have been charged with official misconduct, unlawful imprisonment, conspiracy and for filing false documents.
The women covered up their actions by filing fake paperwork with the DOC where they allege that the women gave their consent to be searched.
“There is no excuse for violating the human rights of New Yorkers visiting our City’s jails,” District Attorney Cy Vance said . “As alleged, these officers flagrantly abused their power when they ignored their training and subjected visitors to humiliating and unlawful searches. Further, they attempted to cover up their actions by forcing visitors to sign consent forms under false pretenses, and repeatedly lying in official documents.
COBA President Elias Husamudeen also released a statement in regards to the incident,
“Manhattan Detention Center Correction Officers assigned to the Visit Area, arrested more than 50 visitors last year alone for attempting to smuggle in heroin, marijuana, cocaine, K-2 synthetic, razors, scapels and other contraband. Everyday they do everything they can to keep this jail safe for visitors, inmates and correction staff. They deserve more public support for the diligent professionalism they exude every day.”