A San Antonio Police Officer has been accused of pulling out a woman’s tampon and conducting a vaginal cavity search of her on the side of the road, according to a new lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was filed in a federal court, claims that the incident happened on the public street back in 2016. Natalie D. Simms’ attorney filed the suit against the City of San Antonio and a female officer, Mara Wilson, on constitutional grounds. Simms was reportedly approached by officers while she was talking to her boyfriend on the phone.
She then reportedly consented to a vehicle search of her nearby parked car, in which the officers found no illegal objects. They then called a female officer to search Simms. When she arrived, the officer searched her, and told her that she would just “look, not reach.”
During the search, Simms continued to flinch, and eventually the officer pulled out her tampon, and asked her if it was indeed a tampon. Part of the exchange went as follows, according to the lawsuit:
Wilson (officer): Uh-huh. Are you wearing a tampon, too?
Wilson: Okay. I just want to make sure that’s what it is. Is that a tampon?
Simms: Come on. Yes.
Wilson: Huh? Is that a tampon?
Simms: It’s full of blood, right? Why would you do that?
Simms then questioned why she had to be searched in the open rather than in a police station. According to court documents, the officer says that she removed the tampon to ensure there wasn’t “anything in there.”