Woman Arrested While Nude Is Now $125K Richer

Officer entered Esmeralda Rossi's home without cause in March 2015
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2016 8:49 AM CDT

An Arizona woman has been awarded $125,000 after an officer entered her home illegally and arrested her while she was naked. The Chandler City Council OKed the settlement Thursday, per the Arizona Republic. Esmeralda Rossi says she spoke briefly to Officer Doug Rose at her door in March 2015 when he responded to a domestic-disturbance call related to an argument with her now-ex husband; Rossi had been showering when he arrived.

Wearing only a towel, Rossi asked Rose to wait and closed the door, per ABC15. "I probably get about five steps in, and all of a sudden, I just hear boots running in after me, telling me 'stop or I’ll arrest you,'" she says. At that point, Rossi's teen daughter began filming the exchange. An internal investigation found Rose did follow Rossi inside without cause, grabbed her arm, and put her in handcuffs. Police say Rose's incident report didn't mention that Rossi was arrested in her home (and subsequently unarrested), was naked, or that any force was used. He retired during the course of the investigation. (More Arizona stories.)

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