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January-05-01

Long Island Officers Accused of Making Women Strip

Two Long Island women have filed complaints stating that Suffolk County police officers forced them to strip in public to avoid arrest. On Dec. 27 Julianna Rubio was pulled over by Officer Frank Wright for driving without headlights and then given two sobriety tests, one of which he said she failed. Ms. Rubio claims that Wright then handcuffed her and drove her to a parking lot where he told her she could either strip or face arrest. Less than a week later, Angelina Torrest filed a similar complaint stating that she had been forced to walk four blocks in her underwear by a Suffolk officer. It is not yet clear whether the same officer was involved in both cases. At least one additional woman has come forward with a similar story since the investigation began last week.

Media Resources: New York Times January 5, 2001


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