- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, says police detectives violated a pregnant woman’s constitutional rights when they repeatedly refused to let her use a restroom.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/uGxlO8) that U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty ruled Wednesday that the detectives’ denial of Natanya Bolden’s four requests to use the bathroom during a 90-minute period in custody constituted “unreasonable detention.” She was seven months pregnant at the time, in August 2012.

Haggerty ordered that the two detectives should together pay $1,000 to the woman.

He ordered the detectives to pay another $999 for failing to promptly return $8,510 in cash and her computer, which had been seized in connection with an investigation of her boyfriend. The woman brought the cash to the Multnomah County Jail to post bail for her boyfriend.

David Landrum of the city attorney’s office says the city will cover any money judgment against the two detectives. He says he does not know whether the city will appeal.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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