Woman accuses RCMP of yanking her from shower during search
Lawsuit claims incident left Winnipeg woman with PTSD and fear of showering
The RCMP are being sued by a Winnipeg woman who claims that officers pulled her out of a shower and held her naked in the kitchen during a search of her home in 2012.
The woman is seeking unspecified damages from the force and six individual Mounties over the incident that allegedly happened on Sept. 21, 2012, at her home on Springfield Road, according to a statement of claim filed with the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench last week.
According to the statement of claim, the woman was showering in the main floor bathroom late that morning when the officers executed a search warrant in her home as part of an unspecified investigation.
She alleged that the Mounties entered the bathroom, took her out of the shower and moved her to the kitchen, where she was kept "without access to covers for a period of time."
The woman claimed she "began hyperventilating and experiencing shock-like symptoms" and she was removed from the home by ambulance personnel.
In her statement of claim, the woman alleges she has post-traumatic stress disorder and "emotional and mental trauma" as a result of the incident, as well as a fear of being alone and a fear of showering.
The woman, a medical technician at a local hospital, also claims that she suffered loss of wages and other out-of-pocket expenses "in an amount to be proven at trial."
The allegations have not been proven in court. The RCMP have not filed a statement of defence.