Phoenix police cavity search amounted to rape, Erica Reynolds says

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Warning: This story contains graphic language that depicts sexual violence.

Naked except for her socks, standing in a cold room in a south Phoenix police substation — a male officer watching her, a female officer pulling rubber gloves over her hands to search the new mother’s body cavities — she started begging.

Begging didn’t work. She said stop.

“I said, ‘You can’t do this to me,’” she says. “He said, ‘We can. And we will.’”

Crying, Erica Reynolds bent over.

The officer inserted unlubricated fingers into Erica’s anus searching for drugs, prodding against a hemorrhoid she still had from giving birth months earlier. She cried out in pain when she felt pressure sharp against her insides.

Finally, after finding nothing, the officer pulled her fingers out of Erica’s body.