"I was on the floor on my stomach, and she punched me on this side of the face. And I was being kicked and stepped on from behind."
May 20, 2014
Audra West is a hairdresser from Texas who went on vacation to Fort Lauderdale Florida last month.
West had a few too many drinks and was arrested for disorderly conduct. During her stay in the Broward Sheriff's Jail in Pompano Beach, she was brutally beaten by police.
"I went into jail with no bruises and I came out covered in bruises," said West in a Skype interview with Local 10 News.
"I've got bruises all over my body," West said. "My face was swollen. My eye was basically swollen shut. I had bruises and cuts all over me."
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West and attorney Gary Kollin filed a complaint with the BSO's internal affairs division. The BSO confirms it is investigating.
According to Local 10 News,
West claims the whole thing started while she was in a holding area wearing a jail jumpsuit and asked a female BSO deputy for a feminine pad.
"She said no and snickered," West explained.
West said she cursed at the guard under her breath, and that's when she said the corrections deputy put on rubber gloves and forced her into the strip-search room, where there is no camera.
"She invited other officers to come into the room with her," West said. "I was on the floor on my stomach, and she punched me on this side of the face. And I was being kicked and stepped on from behind, and she was punching me in the face. She punched me in the eye several times."
The BSO said it has identified the deputies allegedly involved in the incident. They are still on active duty.
The BSO's track record is far from stellar. Three weeks ago we covered the story of David Gonzalez, who was a victim of the BSO's gang violence at a gas station. He was beat up by cops, who then lied about it, because they had no idea that they were on video.