Officer Allegedly Sprays Mace on Woman’s Vagina

A lawsuit filed in New Mexico really has to make you wonder what the hell is going on in that state. After at least two cases where suspects were anally probed, we have a suit alleging that a police officer sprayed mace on a woman’s vagina to punish her for hiding drugs.

A New Mexico woman claims she suffered for weeks after a Bernalillo County corrections officer strip-searched her and sprayed mace in her vagina.

“It’s tantamount to torture,” Peter Simonson, the Executive Director of ACLU of New Mexico said in an interview with 4 On Your Side…

According to court records, police arrested Tapia for a probation violation tied to a previous drug case. While at the Metropolitan Detention Center, Tapia said two officers strip searched her and asked her to bend over at the waist. That’s when they noticed a plastic baggie protruding from Tapia’s vagina.

Instead of taking Tapia to a doctor to have the baggie removed, she said one of the officers – Blanca Zapater – sprayed a chemical agent directly on her genitals twice.

Simonson said the chemical agent was mace.

Tapia said she suffered “severe pain that lasted for several weeks including burning, swollen genitals and painful urination,” according to the court records.

If those allegations are substantiated, the officer needs to not just be fired but to be charged with assault (at the very least).

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    “Tantamount” to torture? Please — it IS torture.

    And all the cops had to do was get the contraband out of her vagina, then quietly send her back to jail for an obvious — and easily provable — probation violation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Raging Beel@1:

    And that’s the part that baffles me. This should have been a slam dunk parole violation, but the police apparently decided to teach her a lesson. Now it’s a major lawsuit that’s going to cost the taxpayers a lot of money.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Not much “allegedy” about it — the CO has already been disciplined for it internally, so there’s not much institutional denial going on.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    Betcha a buck nothing happens.

    Again.

  • dfarmer1584

    Please keep this thought at least in the back of your mind: The woman making the claim, Tapia, is very likely lying about this incident. I can tell you as a court certifiable expert, most inmates and convicts lie regularly; some incarcerated individuals even lie systematically, as a matter of course. Many are, literally, professional liars, having honed their skills over many years of practice.

    Tapia is making a significant claim. Even in the court of public opinion her claim should require significant evidence to be believed–or even simply any evidence, beyond just her word. We are mostly skeptics here, right? We wouldn’t just rush to believe a claim because it is what we want to believe—that would be a betrayal of our skepticism. We are not, however, betraying our humanism when we remain justifiably skeptical about all claims–even claims of abuse at the hands of the filthy, jack-booted, tyrannical pigs!

  • http://cheapsignals.blogspot.com Gretchen

    We are mostly skeptics here, right? We wouldn’t just rush to believe a claim because it is what we want to believe—that would be a betrayal of our skepticism.

    Who do you think wants to believe that a cop sprayed a woman’s genitals with mace?

    Who do you think is asserting that this definitely happened?

    The definition of “skepticism” is not “assuming that someone who complains about assault is a liar.” It sounds like you’re the one who needs brushing up on the concept.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    To be fair, it was resisting arrest.

  • marcus

    @5 “According to the lawsuit, Zapater was disciplined for the situation involving Tapia.”

    4 On Your Side http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3226379.shtml#.UpzlZSfjW8A

    Certainly adds to the preponderance of evidence don’t you think?

  • zmidponk

    dfarmer1584:

    Please keep this thought at least in the back of your mind: The woman making the claim, Tapia, is very likely lying about this incident. I can tell you as a court certifiable expert, most inmates and convicts lie regularly; some incarcerated individuals even lie systematically, as a matter of course. Many are, literally, professional liars, having honed their skills over many years of practice.

    As something of a skeptic, the first question I have for you is what evidence can you present to back up this series of assertions?

    My second question is, even if your assertions are correct, what evidence do you have that, in this precise case, Ms. Tapia is lying? It is possible she is, but you have effectively accused her of lying in the absence of any concrete evidence either way, and considering that, unless this article and/or the ACLU has it utterly wrong, the officer accused has actually been disciplined as a result of some sort of incident with Ms. Tapia, this would suggest there is at least some substance to Ms. Tapia’s allegations.

  • caseloweraz

    Some skepticism is appropriate, but presumably the woman would know from experience that a false accusation would incur more penalties that drug possession.

    Recent cases of police misconduct in the Land of Enchantment also lend credence to her story.

  • Nathair

    Some skepticism is appropriate, but presumably the woman

    But caseloweraz you clearly forgot the whole “bitches be lyin'” rule. Obviously we need to add “the woman claims police brutality” to that special hyper-skeptical “the woman claims sexual harassment” and “the woman claims rape” set.

    Or maybe it’s just dfarmer1584 reminding us all of that fine American Justice tradition “Once a criminal, always a who cares what you say or what happens to you, you subhuman liar.”

  • cry4turtles

    I imagine the ACLU wouldn’t get involved if there was no evidence. Amirite?

  • Ichthyic

    Tapia, is very likely lying about this incident.

    two posts above yours:

    Not much “allegedy” about it — the CO has already been disciplined for it internally, so there’s not much institutional denial going on.

    something tells me you never even bothered to read the article, let alone investigate any details before reaching your conclusion that since she was convicted of a crime, she must be lying.

    you’re pathetic.

  • Ichthyic

    @dfarmer1584

    …skepticism: ur doin it rong.