Man says he is traumatized after body cavity search without consent

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man told FOX13 he is traumatized after he said a Memphis police officer performed a body cavity search without his consent.

His attorney Jake Brown filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Wednesday asking for $850,000.

The victim said he considers it rape because the officer didn’t just pat him down, he put his fingers up his anus and it happened in front of a large crowd of people.

“I can see how raped women, I see how they feel now,” said the victim

The victim didn’t want to share his name or show his face because he’s scared of retaliation.

He said it happened at the intersection of Red Oak St. and Mimosa Ave. on August 5. He said he was talking with a friend when two patrol cars pulled up.

“Two officers jumped out and slapped his hands on the hood of the car,” said the victim.

In the lawsuit, the officers are called John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 because the victim doesn’t know their names.

The victim said the officers patted them down then one policeman found marijuana in his friend’s pocket.  

 Shortly after, the lawsuit claims the officer handcuffed him, removed his pants then put his finger in the victim’s anus.

He said he believes his friend was searched the same way.

“I’m a grown a** man, for you to do that to me, I’m not supposed to feel a certain type of way,” said the victim. 

 The whole time the victim said he was yelling, telling the officers he didn’t give them permission to search him but he said that made things worse.

“You need to shut up, I can write it how I want to write it make it look how I want to make it look,” said the victim.

Hours later the victim was released. He made a complaint with MPD internal affairs.

He said all he wants is for the officers to pay the price.

“You need to be brought to justice just like everyone else. That is a crime. You are using a badge to serve and protect to do other stuff,” said the victim.

 The lawyer has filed a public information request for body camera video. He said he hopes this case will be turned over to the DA’s office.

FOX13 reached out to MPD but did not hear back.