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A 47-year-old grandmother has filed a lawsuit against the Baton Rouge Police Department after she claims she was "sexually humiliated" inside a warehouse nicknamed the "Brave Cave."
While the facility has reportedly closed down, the BRPD has come under heavy scrutiny after lawsuits were filed by Jeremy Lee, 22, in August, and in September by Ternell Brown. As a result of the two lawsuits, the FBI has opened a civil rights investigation into the "Brave Cave," per Fox News.
The latest accusations against the police department come from a lawsuit that was filed on Monday by Brown, who says she was taken to the facility after police officers stopped her for a traffic violation and later discovered bottles of prescription medication in her vehicle.
Brown's statement says that "she was forced to show officers that she was not hiding contraband in her vagina or rectum," adding that "after more than two hours, they let her go without charge."
The lawsuit has reportedly named the parish of Baton Rouge, the city, and several police officers as defendants in the case. This comes just one month after a second alleged victim, Lee, filed a lawsuit claiming that he was taken to the "Brave Cave" in January and subsequently beaten by officers, according to WRC-TV.
The name of the facility derives from a street crime unit called BRAVE, an acronym for Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination. However, the unit was apparently terminated after Lee's lawsuit was filed.
Brown and Lee are both being represented by attorney Thomas Frampton, who characterized the "Brave Cave" as "essentially an unmarked interrogation warehouse where Baton Rouge citizens have been getting taken for years, strip-searched and sometimes beaten."
Frampton went on to say that the officers named in the lawsuit "are well known for their brutality in the Baton Rouge community."
Lee was charged with resisting arrest and subsequently taken on January 9 to the warehouse, where he was reportedly assaulted so badly that "the local jail refused to admit him until he was treated by a nearby hospital," according to the lawsuit.
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Ryan Thompson, another attorney representing Brown, noted that there are still reports coming out of various abuses that have taken place within the warehouse.
Fox News reported that L'Jean McKneely, BRPD's Public Information Officer, said the department "is committed to addressing these troubling accusations and has initiated administrative and criminal investigations."
"Chief [Murphy] Paul met with FBI officials and requested their assistance to ensure an independent review of these complaints," McKneely reportedly wrote in an email. "The Narcotics Processing Facility has been permanently closed and the Street Crimes Unit has been disbanded and reassigned."
The names of the officers in the case have not been revealed.
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