NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A Florida woman claims in a lawsuit that police officers forced her to poop in her yard while they were searching her home for meth.
In a lawsuit that a federal judge said must be amended, Dawn Brooks is suing Volusia County and New Smyrna Beach for the alleged incident, according to Courthouse News Service.
In the lawsuit, Brooks claims that officers refused to let her use the bathroom inside her home or in the officers’ truck after she was led out in handcuffs.
The officers reportedly “told her to ‘just use the restroom right there’ in the front yard,” U.S. District Judge Roy Dalton Jr. wrote, Courthouse News Service reports.
The lawsuit states that the officers laughed at her while she was changing into a plastic jumpsuit after going to the bathroom in her yard.
Brooks claims in the complaint she was caused mental anguish and humiliation and the officers conducting the search were not trained properly by the city.
Judge Dalton dismissed the claims last week and Brooks can amend her civil rights complaint until April 4.
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