A model who says she was forced to
strip and expose herself in a Colombian police station in front of
baying male prisoners is suing officers after they shared the X-r@ted
footage online. Katherine Martinez claims she was told by officers at
the station in Cali, Colombia, that she had to lift up her dress and
expose her private parts while she was chained to a window if she wanted
them to remove her handcuffs and give her a chair to sit down on.
A video showing the 27-year-old woman,
who claimed she consented to exposing herself because she was drunk and
needed to sit down because of a sprained ankle, exposing herself has
since gone viral as police chiefs admitted officers posted the footage
online and said they ‘deeply regretted’ their actions.
The mother-of-one, a former
physiotherapist who gave up a job in a hospital to start working as a
model and DJ, said: ‘All the police officers told me that if I wanted
them to pass me a chair or take my handcuffs off, I had to take off my
dress and show them my body.
‘Then the male prisoners began to yell
at me, “Yes, yes, lift your dress up.” ‘I remember some things but not
everything. I remember them telling me they were filming me.’
Cali Police commander Hugo Casas
appeared to back up her version of events by confessing his own officers
were responsible for posting the footage online, although he stopped
short of admitting they had blackmailed the model into exposing herself.
He told local media: ‘She decided to
take her clothes off and carry out obscene acts in the station but what
we, as an institution, deeply regret is that what some police officers
did was film what the woman was doing with their mobile phones instead
of stopping her and protecting her integrity. Then the video was passed
on via WhatsApp.
‘Our police force condemns this behaviour and disciplinary and judicial investigations are underway.
‘The officers have been fully
identified. One is a patrol officer who drove the woman to the station,
but another official is involved for failing to assist her.’
Police apprehended Ms Martinez after an
altercation at a tejo game. Tejo is a traditional sport in Colombia
often likened to an explosive form of the popular French game Petanque.