Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Isaiah Lloyd is accused of groping Patricia Aileen Wilson whom he pulled over twice in three hours in August 2017.
Wilson has filed a lawsuit accusing Lloyd of groping her while he searched her after stopping her for not wearing a seatbelt.
Lloyd’s dash cam shows him placing his hands inside the waistband of Wilson’s shorts as she was leaned forward on his cruiser, notes the Knoxville News Sentinel.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol originally refused to release the dash cam video.
Only days after hearing about the lawsuit, Tennessee Highway Patrol Col. Tracy Trott cleared Lloyd of any wrongdoing:
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.
However, Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler said the dash cam video “revealed that Trooper Lloyd’s actions were inconsistent with his training and Tennessee Department of Safety general orders.”
Effler said he could not win a criminal case of sexual battery against Lloyd, but dropped the seat belt ticket that Lloyd gave Wilson:
Our review of this matter has been forwarded to Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security David Purkey, along with a request that the findings of our review be reviewed with Trooper Lloyd to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1968 that police may pat down a suspect on the outside of their clothing if an officer has “reasonable suspicion” the person may be armed, which does not appear to be the case in the dash cam video.
(Source: Knoxville News Sentinel)