Posted: Oct 29, 2012 9:50 PM by Melissa Schroeder
Updated: Oct 30, 2012 6:51 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating possible inappropriate behavior by a group of officers at a parking lot near a southside nightclub.
The incident happened over the weekend and part of it was caught on tape.
In the video, you can see a young woman dressed up in a bumble-bee costume.
She walks away from a group of officers and the beam from an officer's flash light shines on her bottom, not once, but twice.
The second time the woman bends over and her bottom is completely exposed as the officer shines a flash light on her.
The man -- who videotaped this incident -- says it only shows part of what he says happened.
He says the woman appeared to be intoxicated.
He didn't want to be identified.
He said, "First it looked like she was being arrested but when they started lifting her skirt up from behind while she was bent over and shining flashlights on her while she was doing it, and seeing her walk away and them still trying to do it some more, and shining lights on her, and they followed her to her car. It's very apparent who it was and what they were doing."
The man sent the video and an email to Police Chief Floyd Simpson.
In the email, he gives even more details about what he claims happened Saturday night.
In the e-mail he says, "She was dancing on the squad car while officers whistled and yelled obscenities at her."
He said, "Those were the people I expect to stop situations like this from occurring not the ones making it happen. So no, I've never seen anything like this."
The police chief told us, "If men and women are big enough to take actions, than they have to be big enough to suffer the consequences."
Chief Simpson didn't like what he saw and says the incident is under internal investigation.
The officers in the video haven't been identified yet.
But, the chief says they may have been off-duty officers providing security at the nightclub.
Either way, if it's found these officers acted inappropriately, they face anything from a verbal warning to termination.
The internal investigation could take anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months to wrap it up.
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