In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 12th, August, 2020

Police Officer Sued For Allegedly Molesting A Lady’s Corpse In Bodycam Footage

Police Officer Sued For Allegedly Molesting A Woman's Corpse In Bodycam Footage


David Rojas, Elizabeth Baggett

A police officer accused of molesting a girl’s corpse has been sued by her household for ‘invading their privateness, inflicting emotional misery, and mishandling human stays.’

A lawsuit filed on Tuesday August 11, in LA Superior Courtroom by the deceased’s household identifies the officer, David Rojas, and accuses different unnamed LAPD staff of viewing and sharing bodycam footage of the alleged incident.

The lawsuit alleges that when Rojas was dispatched to 34-year-old Elizabeth Baggett’s dwelling in October 2019, he found that she had died of a drug overdose, after which, “sexually molested the Decedent, together with fondling the Decedent’s breasts and feeling her nipples”.

Police officer is sued

“The defendants’ bodycam recorded video of the Decedent’s bare kind, together with video of Defendants David Rojas participating in sexual contact with Decedent,” courtroom paperwork obtained by The Solar mentioned.

“The defendants transmitted the video to others who subsequently seen the video.”

The lawsuit was filed by lawyer Gloria Allred on behalf of the property of the deceased girl and her household together with Elizabeth’s mom Janet Baggett; son Preston Sertich; and the kid’s father, Michael Sertich.

They’re alleging ‘invasion of privateness, intentional infliction of emotional misery, negligence, mishandling of human stays, violation a Civil Code which prohibits the distribution of such a video, intrusion into personal affairs and violation of statutory duties.’

“We’re looking for compensatory and punitive damages in keeping with proof at trial,” Ms. Allred mentioned.

Police officer is sued

In a tearful assertion on Tuesday, Elizabeth’s mom mentioned: “shock and disgust” didn’t “even come near describing the horror” of listening to that her daughter’s physique had been interfered with.

“I discovered within the despair of shedding Elizabeth that she was abused by the police officer sworn to guard her and all of us,” she mentioned.

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“I’m infuriated that this man had so little respect for one more human being, our Elizabeth, for not having the thought that she is somebody’s daughter, granddaughter, and mom.”

Janet mentioned she desires “justice for her daughter due to this horrible disgusting act” that has left her and her household affected by many “sleepless nights”.

“I dwell in concern that the video will floor and one other devastation might be added to what’s already insufferable,” she mentioned.

“I personally wake in sweats from the nightmares that hang-out me concerning the occasions of Elizabeth’s loss of life.

“Days aren’t significantly better. They’re typically crammed with tears and fixed shock.”

Elizabeth’s son Preston, 6, additionally launched a press release beneath the steering of his father, saying: “That was my mom, somebody’s daughter, somebody’s sister,” it learn.

“David Rojas’ habits was vile, David Rojas doesn’t should be a police officer.

“What has this officer gotten away with to imagine this was even doable?”

In response to The Solar, Rojas, 27, was charged earlier this yr with one felony depend of getting sexual contact with human stays with out authority after the alleged incident on October 20. He has pleaded not responsible and is awaiting a date to be set for a preliminary listening to within the Los Angeles County Felony Courtroom.

The alleged incident was recorded on Rojas’ physique digicam when he and his associate responded to a name a few suspected drug overdose, Los Angeles District Lawyer Jackie Lacey mentioned.

Upon arriving on the deal with, the 2 officers found Elizabeth’s lifeless physique. Throughout their investigations, a second officer reportedly left to get paperwork from their patrol automobile leaving Rojas alone in a room with the sufferer.

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Whereas alone with the sufferer, Rojas allegedly turned off his physique digicam and groped the corpse, LAPD officers mentioned earlier this yr.

The authorities mentioned a two-minute buffer on the digicam captured the alleged incident although Rojas had turned it off.

The Los Angeles police officers have since positioned Rojas, a four-year veteran of the division, on depart after discovering the footage. He’s free on $20,000 bail.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore mentioned on the time of Roja’s arrest: “This incident is extraordinarily disturbing and doesn’t symbolize the values of the Los Angeles Police Division.”

Rojas’ union, the Los Angeles Police Protecting League, additionally added that: “His alleged habits is abhorrent and an affront to each regulation enforcement skilled working the LAPD.”

Rojas faces as much as three years in state jail, if convicted, prosecutors mentioned.

Gloria Allred, the Baggett household’s lawyer mentioned in a press release: “And studying that she and her stays have been so disrespected and violated has compounded the loss and inflicted horrific ache and struggling on her family members,” she mentioned in a press convention at the moment.

“Studying, too, that the video of her alleged sexual molestation has been seen by others sickens them and is deeply disturbing.

“So many ladies are sexually abused throughout their lifetime, and now we be taught that some are even sexually victimized after their deaths.

“So as to add insult to damage, the data police officer, in the course of the course of his investigation of the loss of life of a younger girl, would reap the benefits of his place of energy and belief to allegedly sexually abuse the physique of a deceased individual may be very upsetting.

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“It isn’t solely towards the regulation, however it’s also towards all sense of human decency.”

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