Newly released dash-cam video from the Highway Patrol cleared the allegations put forward by a Campbell County woman of being sexually harassed by a police officer.
Last August, Patricia Wilson was pulled over twice by Officer Trooper Isaiah Lloyd, as she drove her truck on a busy motorway. While the first stop was over a seat belt, the second was over the tinted windows on her truck.
On Monday, Highway Patrol released the dash-cam video which cleared the accusations against Officer Lloyd for criminal wrongdoing and sexual harassment.
Prosecutors in Campbell County of Tennessee cleared all charges against Officer Lloyd, including the $100,000 lawsuit for using police powers to touch her inappropriately.
Wilson accused the officer of sexual harassment and said that the cop allegedly groped her inappropriately. Her first stop was at Interstate 75 in Northeast Tennessee for not wearing a seatbelt, while on her way to an evening janitorial job in her black pick-up truck.
After asking Wilson to step out of the car, the video footage shows officer Lloyd asking her if she is under the influence of drugs.
To this, she replied, “No, I do no drugs, no nothing, swear to God.”
Then the video displays Lloyd asking Wilson to place her hands on the front of his police vehicle and to bend over, as he pats her down for a whole 15 seconds.
Lloyd continued his search around her waistband and also asked her to shake off her bra to confirm that she was not hiding anything.
The officer also questioned Wilson if she uses any drugs or not, whether prescription or otherwise, to which she stated that she sometimes uses ambien, to help her sleep.
Upon hearing this, Lloyd informed her, “Ambien is a narcotic and administers field sobriety tests.”
Later at night, while returning back from work, Wilson was stopped by the same officer again for having ‘overly tinted windows’. This time, she was also accompanied by two of her children, aged 8 and 3.
According to Wate, officer Lloyd stopped the mother-of-two the second time because she was ‘all over the road’. From the video footage, Lloyd can be heard telling Wilson, “We have to stop meeting like this.”
However, the rest of the conversation from the second stop cannot be clearly heard, as this time Wilson did not exit her vehicle.
The lawsuit stated that Officer Lloyd told Wilson that he had already gotten her ‘out of two tickets during the earlier stop and would not ticket her for the window tint.’
The dash-cam video was thoroughly reviewed and, subsequently, Lloyd was cleared of all charges.
The District Attorney released a statement saying, “Our review of this matter revealed that Trooper Lloyd’s actions were inconsistent with his training and Tennessee Department of Safety General Orders. However, we do not believe that Trooper Lloyd’s actions during his encounters with Ms. Wilson in Campbell County on August 16, 2017, form the basis for any criminal charge against him.”
Tennessee Highway Patrol, Colonel Tracy Trott also released an official statement saying, “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.”
He also said, “Along with the Command Staff, I concurred after a thorough review of the video that Trooper Lloyd did not act inappropriately with Ms. Wilson. It appears that Trooper Lloyd conducted a search for contraband instead of a pat-down for weapons. The technique that Trooper Lloyd used during the traffic stop will be addressed internally.
“I believe the civil suit to be without merit. Effective immediately Trooper Lloyd will return to active enforcement duty.”
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