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Woman sues Mounties after officers remove her from shower during search

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A Manitoba woman is suing a group of RCMP officers, claiming they caused her trauma after yanking her out of her shower during a search of her home and holding her in custody, naked, in her kitchen as they went about their work.

The woman is now seeking financial compensation from six individual Mounties over her Sept. 21, 2012 ordeal, which she claims left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, mental trauma and a lasting fear of showering.

She's filed a statement of claim in the Court of Queen's Bench, which contains unproven and untested allegations. No dollar amount is attached to the lawsuit, filed late last week.

The woman, who works as a medical technician at St. Boniface Hospital, says RCMP came to her Springfield Road home to execute a search warrant in connection with an unspecified investigation.

Officers came into her main-floor bathroom and took her from the shower, placing her naked in the kitchen "without access to covers for a period of time," she claims.

The woman says she began hyperventilating and went into "shock-like symptoms" which resulted in her being taken out of the home and placed in an ambulance.

The effects of the trauma she suffered continues to this day, she claims.

The woman has no history of charges or convictions in the provincial court system, records show.

The RCMP, through the Attorney General of Canada, has not yet filed a statement of defence.

 

james.turner@freepress.mb.ca

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