Samantha Rosenbaum, 22, has filed a lawsuit against the NYPD that alleges police officers stopped her for no apparent reason and searched her bra and underwear.
Rosenbaum says she was stopped by police on July 17, 2012 in Williamsburg, which is a neighborhood in the Brooklyn area of New York City.
The Bard College graduate said she was walking back from the post office and stopped to pet a cat, when a man inside a gold-colored car shouted at her to stop, notes the New York Post.
Rosenbaum's lawsuit says that she ignored the man, who jumped out the car with another woman and demanded to know why she had not stopped petting the cat and if she had any drugs.
Rosenbaum claims that it was minutes before the plain clothes man and woman identified themselves as police officers.
The lawsuit claims the female officer opened Rosenbaum’s clothing and looked inside her bra and her underwear.
Rosenbaum said she cried through the search and the police warned they could charge her with a felony.
The police allegedly let her go because they did not want her to a have a "bad impression of cops."
"The city will evaluate the claim," stated City Law Department spokeswoman Kate O’Brien.
The NYPD is no stranger to lawsuits by residents, the law enforcement agency spent a staggering $185 million to settle lawsuits filed between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011.
Source: New York Post