A woman is suing police for roughing her up and leaving her topless in public for hours. Ashleigh Davis (32) got a little out of hand at the Leesberg Bikefest in Florida. She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly after getting into an argument with friends and refusing to leave. So police "hog tied" her and hauled her off to jail. But Ashleigh says police did a whole lot more than just handcuff her hands behind her back.
Allegedly police also knocked out Ashleigh's teeth. And as if that's not bad enough, her bikini top came off in the struggle and they left Ashleigh topless for at least two hours -- while they paraded her on a golf cart through the crowds and while she waited on the floor at the police station.
Okay, here's why I'm so not down with the whole Fifty Shades thing. Because in real life women get stripped and bound and it's not even remotely fun. Ashleigh's attorney says the officers groped and gawked at her -- and that the booking room video camera shows her lying half-naked on the floor surrounded by male policemen. She was still topless when police transported her the Lake County Jail in Tavares.
Reportedly Ashleigh got her teeth knocked out when an officer tried to cover her mouth to stop her screaming. She bit his hand and he knocked her head to the ground. Supposedly he then said, "Now you'll fit right in." Ashleigh filed a complaint with the Leesburg police, but they pretty much blew it off and declared her accusations of excessive force "unfounded."
An aside -- why does it seem like these stories always happen in Florida? What is it about Florida? Is it the heat and humidity?
Anyway, I believe her. This does not surprise me at all. I don't think this is how most police officers would behave, but during a notoriously unruly event, when officers have had enough, I can see how a mob-mentality would take over and suddenly it would be all right to do this to someone. It's no excuse, though. Just because you're drunk and obnoxious doesn't mean you deserve this kind of humiliation. Police still have to respect our human rights. If this story is true, the police were way, WAY out of line and I hope someone loses their job over it. Jesus, at least they covered Ashleigh up (finally!) for her mugshot.
Do you believe Ashleigh's story?
Image via Lake County Jail