19-year-old Anna Chambers says a group of nine NYPD officers tried to intimidate her out of bringing sexual assault charges against two Brooklyn detectives she claims raped her while she handcuffed in the back of a police van.
According to her lawyer the officers showed up at the hospital where Chambers had gone for a rape kit hours after the alleged assault.
“I was bawling my eyes out. The way they were speaking with me was so rude and aggressive,” she told The New York Post. “I was sitting in the room by myself and they were pressing me, saying things like, oh, this isn’t the first time you’re having an encounter with the police.”
According to the report at least one of the officers spoke to Chambers in Russian, her native language, in an attempt to gain her trust. Chamber’s lawyer told reporters that employees at the Maimonides Medical Center confirmed their clients story and reported the incident to police.
Last week the NYPD confirmed that an investigation had been launched but did not comment on the allegations.
Anna Chambers accused two Brooklyn narcotics Detectives Richard Hall, 33, and Eddie Martins, 37, of raping her after she arrested for drug possession on September 15.
According to court documents the alleged rape began after the detectives stopped Chambers and two of her male friends while they were driving near Brighton Beach. Chambers, who was 18 at the time of her arrest, says the detectives ordered her friends to leave and forced her to lift up her shirt so they could search her for drugs.
The officers allegedly placed Chambers under arrest after they found marijuana inside her car. They handcuffed her and put her in the back of a police van but instead of going to the station the detectives allegedly drove her to a nearby parking lot, raped her, and then released her without ever charging her with a crime.
Her lawyer told the Daily Mail that the experience has made the teenager afraid of law enforcement.
“She’s embarrassed. She’s very depressed over this,” he said. “Her whole life had changed after this experience. She’s afraid of the police, and she really wants justice to be served.”
Both men quit their jobs after surrendering in court earlier this month. They pleaded not guilty and were released after posting bail.
Their next court date is set for January 2018. If convicted, they each face 25 years in prison.
Their lawyers told reporters outside the court house that they planned to “vigorously fight the charges” and said the prosecution’s case put too much faith into the teenagers “uncorroborated” claims.
After the rape kit detected traces of both of the men’s DNA, they admitted to having sex with the teen but pleaded not guilty to rape claiming the sex was consensual.