A Cincinnati woman who was raped by a cab driver is suing the police officer she called for help, after the distress call landed her in county jail.
The victim had been out for the night with friends and was on the way back to her hotel in a cab. The cab driver took her to a deserted lot and choked and raped her in the back seat, according to the lawsuit the accuser filed, the Associated Press reports. He also brutalized her when he threw her out of the car.
The woman asked passerby to call the police. When Cincinnati Police Officer Adrienne Brown, 32, arrived on the scene, she told the victim to “get the (expletive) out of the car” where she had been waiting with the strangers who helped her, according to WCPO.
Brown then proceeded to put the victim in the police car and scold her like a criminal.
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“OK, you must don’t need our help,” Brown can be heard saying on the dashboard cam footage obtained by WLWT, shutting the police divider when the traumatized victim struggles to answer a question.
“You should know your limit,” Brown tells her. “You’re an adult. You should never be in a situation where you don’t know you’re limit because you’re drinking too much.”
“You have to help me. That man raped me. Someone please help me,” the victim begged.
Brown told the victim she would take her to the hospital, but the victim asked to be taken to her hotel. Instead Brown took the victim to county jail on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct while intoxicated.
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It remains unclear if the victim was ever examined by a doctor.
The victim is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit against Brown.
Brown, a 10-year veteran of the department, has been reassigned to a desk job during the investigation.
"This is not how we treat people,” said department spokeswoman Sgt. Julian Johnson said. “This is in no way the way that we expect our officers to talk to or communicate or to treat the people who we have a duty to care for.”
Police are still searching for the rapist.