ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – A St. Louis County police officer was accused of inappropriately touching a 63-year-old woman during a traffic stop. The officer was disciplined but the woman and those representing her want him fired. They plan to go to Tuesday night’s St. Louis County Council meeting to look for support.
Lillison Williams said she was targeted and abused on April 2nd before and during a traffic stop by a white St. Louis County officer.
“I am the wife of a former St. Louis City Police Officer. I’m passionate about the police because I know what goes on. Police get blamed for this or that,” said Lillison Williams.
Williams says while driving home at 2:00 am after visiting her son in the hospital, lights appeared behind her car. She was near her St. Louis County home on Lackland.
“When lights came behind me I realized it possibly could be a police officer but not knowing because I never saw a police car. I reduced my speed to a bare minimum 5-10 mph going down Lackland,” said Lillison Williams.
Williams says she drove for a block to the 7-11 at Shuetz and Lackland. It was well lit and she could verify it was an officer.
“As he approached my car he said, ‘Don’t you know how to stop for a police car while police behind you? ‘” stated Williams. “I said I was trying to come to a lit area. I was not aware it was a police car. He said, ‘Get your ass out the car!!’ I was about to panic because I still didn’t know what I was being pulled over for.”
Once out of the car, Williams describes what happens.
“He begins to frisk me, down my arms, up my breast, and down my legs. He took his cuffs and capped it on my left wrist,” said Williams.
Still not knowing why she was pulled over, Williams said the officer insisted on searching her saying he had the right to.
“He said, ‘Sit your ass right here!’ That was on the bumper of my car,” said Williams.
After not finding anything in her car, she was told she was pulled over for swerving and let go. She says that’s not true. She quickly filed a report with St. Louis County.
“Our bureau of professional standards investigated the complaint. That complaint was sustained and the officer involved was given discipline,” said St. Louis County Public Information Officer Ben Granda.
St. Louis County police say under ideal circumstances a citizen should always be searched by an officer of the same sex. Zaki Baruti with the Universal African Peoples Organization says his group wants the officer fired, not just disciplined.