An NYPD officer is being accused of asking to see a suspect's breasts in exchange for her release. Jasmine Campbell is now demanding a settlement over her experience.
According to the New York Daily News, Campbell was arrested for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest but was made a victim by Officer Javier Munoz.
“He said to me, ‘Well, do you want to show me something?’” said Campbell, a resident of the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, who noted that the police officer was staring at her chest. “I then said ‘no’ again. This is three times I said ‘no’ to his questions.”
When Campbell stepped out of the car she noticed officers laughing at her. One of the policemen allegedly said, “What, are you trying to give us a hug?”
Campbell spent one night in jail and was released without bail. Due to the arrest, she missed a college midterm. She was not able to take a makeup test and her grade notably suffered. She was a student at John Jay College and is now beginning law school. She also claims that a friend in the car with her insisted the drugs were his but that she was arrested and cuffed anyway.
Campbell's case was ultimately dismissed but she feels horrified by the experience.
“The arrest and prosecution of Ms. Campbell was a sham,” LaBrew said. “She was arrested because she would not show Police Officer Munoz her breasts.”
Campbell was at first offered $2,500 dollars by the city in a settlement but did not consider taking that amount.
“What’s worse for me is I have to be in the courtroom with all these people who probably really did bad things,” she said. “I feel like I don’t belong here. This is embarrassing.”
Campbell says that she has since been pulled over by police and experienced sexual harassment at least twice since the incident.
“It’s a constant thing going on in New York with the cops that they’re just using their badges to, I guess, sexually harass women,” Campbell adds, saying that she will be studying criminal defense in the hopes of helping others in situations like hers. “That’s why I’m so glad to be going to law school in Florida. I don’t even want to live here anymore.”
The NYPD has offered no comment on the allegations. Munoz remains an active officer.