The City of Pasadena this morning released a statement and a police car video of a 2016 traffic stop which has resulted in a lawsuit by the two Pasadena women in the video, who allege they were sexually assaulted by the officers during the incident.
City officials had said Monday night that the video “clearly shows that the officers acted appropriately” and that the lawsuit, which asks for over $25 million in damages, is “unsubstantiated.”
The women, 43-year-old Sharell Thompson and her 22-year-old daughter, Sharaya Brown, filed the lawsuit through attorney Dakar Diourbel of the Los Angeles-based law firm Diourbel & Associates in April of this year.
Diourbel said in the lawsuit that the women “were subjected to a nightmare of a traffic stop.”
“The officers … feigned a justification to ‘search’ and sexually assault Sharaya Brown and Sharell Thompson,” the lawsuit.
Doiurbel has not returned a call from Pasadena Now requesting comment on the video.
A scheduling conference in the case has been set for Nov. 5.