KRQE is reporting on a traffic stop that turned into what one-woman claims was an inappropriate patdown.
Back in January 2018, New Mexico State Police officers pulled over a van on I-25 near Las Cruces. Attorney Laura Schauer-Ives says her client, Cheri Chavez from Albuquerque, was inside that van. Chavez had a warrant for her arrest for failing to appear in court on a battery charge. Dashcam video shows New Mexico State Police Officer Gabriel Ramos patting down Chavez, placing his hands on her chest, bottom and in between her legs. While some may argue this is how officers are trained, Schauer-Ives says Ramos’s behavior was uncalled for. That’s why Chavez is now suing the Department of Public Safety, claiming this officer touching her was battery. The lawsuit also says there was no legal reason for the officer to be touching her that way.