He then cuffed Cottingham behind his back and made him spread his legs further for more anal probing.
Cottingham was disgusted and said, “Stop fingering me, bro.”
“I’m outside your pants, bro,” the officer said. “Relax.”
“Look man, that’s still my a–hole!” Cottingham told him.
Cottingham says the officer was trying to emasculate him and treat him like he’s not a man.
Police then dumped out a bottle of alcohol before they got in their vehicles and drove away.
Cottingham says police made the traumatic incident even worse when they said “How you all doing WorldStar?” 2 times over the loudspeaker when they left. That was a reference to WorldStarHipHop.com, a site that posts videos of police doing inappropriate things.
Cottingham told News 4, “I was sexually assaulted by the officer, in my opinion.”
“I think it’s emblematic of a larger problem with policing culture here in the District where MPD treats members of the community — and particularly African-American members of the community — presumptively as suspects,” said Scott Michelman, the ACLU-DC senior staff attorney representing Cottingham.
At a D.C. Council hearing last week, Police Chief Peter Newsham responded to questions about the incident.
“I have seen the video,” he said. “I haven’t seen that kind of detail that you’re explaining. It looked like it was an inappropriate touching by the officer.”
Newsham said Lojacono has been disciplined for what he did and was removed from that particular unit, but he is still on full duty.
Cottingham believes his abuser is not fit to be an officer.
“I would like to have him fired, to be honest,” he said. “He shouldn’t be an officer on the force if he doesn’t know how to deal with and address the public.”
“It’s humiliating,” Cottingham said. “It’s something that I relive over and over. It happened on my birthday, so it’s a memory that I’ll never forget.”