Eye-opening footage of alleged groping incident by Tennessee patrol officer is released
Harassment has been an epidemic since the dawn of time. Even in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement, there are still people out there who have no qualms about abusing others for their own gratification.
And while this behavior isn't acceptable under any circumstances, it's arguably even worse when it comes from someone who abuses a position of power in order to do it - like a teacher or a cop. The latter was allegedly the case when a 29-year-old mother named Patricia Aileen Wilson accused a parol officer in Tennessee of groping her during a traffic stop.
To see what he did during the alleged incident for yourself, check out the video below:
After making the serious allegation, Wilson filed a lawsuit which stated that the State Highway Patrol Officer in question had searched her intimately without cause and then groped her before assaulting again three hours later.
Twenty-five-year-old Campbell County PD trooper Isaiah Lloyd was subsequently sued to the tune of $100,000. But was this true justice, and did the cop really deserve the fine and social backlash?
Well, in the newly-released dashcam footage of the incident, the patrol officer can be seen pulling over Wilson's pickup truck because she wasn't wearing a seatbelt - an action very much within his rights as an officer.
Wilson, however, claims that the officer was unjustified in his decision to stop her car. She said he abused his authority to get her to learn over his cruiser before putting his hands into her shorts and blatantly groping her crotch and bottom.
When this sports reporter was unquestionably assaulted on live TV, she immediately fought back:
During the incident, Lloyd can be heard repeatedly asking Wilson if she had consumed any narcotics, to which she replies, "No, I do not do drugs, no nothing, swear to God." After continuing to press Wilson on the subject, she tells Lloyd that she takes Ambien occasionally to help her sleep. He then informs her that this a narcotic and performs sobriety tests.
After these tests have been carried out, Lloyd finally gives Wilson a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt and sends her on her way.
The 29-year-old's claim that she was stopped without cause, however, makes more sense when the second half of this story becomes known. Just three hours after she was first stopped, she was pulled over again by Lloyd.
Now accompanied by her two children and wondering what she had done wrong a second time, she was informed by Lloyd that her windows were tinted too dark and that she was driving erratically "all over the road."
It was at this point that a frustrated Wilson said to Lloyd, "We have to stop meeting like this." She then went onto claim in her lawsuit that the 25-year-old was "using his authority as a law enforcement officer to sexually harass" her.
The footage recorded by Lloyd's dashcam was released by the Tennesee Highway Patrol (THP) in May. It was closely examined by the body who concluded that the 25-year-old had not sexually harassed Wilson.
The THP released the following statement about the incident:
"After careful consideration and review, the Tennessee Highway Patrol Command Staff has advised me that Trooper Isaiah Lloyd conducted this traffic stop in a professional manner in an effort to protect the motoring public."
The officer was then cleared of any wrongdoing and prosecutors declared that he was simply doing his job.
Even though Lloyd was cleared, District Attorney Jared Effler claimed that his actions during the two traffic stops "were inconsistent with his training and Tennessee Department of Safety general orders."
Despite this pointing out this inconsistency, Effler ultimately sided with the THP and said that there was no reason for Lloyd to be taken to court. The 25-year-old has now returned to active duty on the highway.
To put Lloyd's alleged groping of Wilson into context, in 1968 it was ruled by the US Supreme Court that police are within their rights to pat down a suspect in the middle of their clothing, but only if they have "reasonable suspicion" that they armed. Otherwise, it's forbidden for an officer to search inside a person's clothes if they do not have a warrant.
While what Lloyd was doing with his hands was out of view in the video, to avoid innocent people being charged with a very serious crime, authorities are reluctant to prosecute when there is a strong likelihood of innocence.
Another example of this is the dashcam footage of another cop who was accused of groping a woman:
Just like Lloyd, the cop involved in this incident strongly suspected that the woman was carrying illegal substances - a suspicion which merited searching her and part of this search involved checking that there were no drugs in her bra.
Indeed, after reviewing the footage The Layton Police Department, Utah, where he works, cleared him of any wrongdoing.
But what do you think? Were either of these women assaulted or were the officers just doing their job?
We can only hope that the publicity these cases have received continues to draw attention to the fact that sexual harassment is far from being a thing of the past and that those who are guilty are suitably reprimanded - although, personally, I think that both of these officers are innocent.