An 18-year-old Burlington Girl, Logan Huysman, claimed on social media that police sexually assaulted her after her arrest, showing bruises on her arms as ‘proof.’ Police Chief Brandon del Pozo released body cam footage in response.
According to Blue Lives Matter, after she was released, Huysman took to social media to claim police inappropriately touched her and posted a picture of her bruised arms. “I would consider that sexual assault, especially coming from ‘authority,’” she said in a now-deleted Facebook post.
Del Pozo reportedly responded directly to that post, sharing a detailed police statement describing Huysman’s own inappropriate behavior and how officers had found her in a running car passed out on drugs and alcohol with her friends.
That statement was backed up by footage del Pozo also released.
The footage shows the teen demanding that police officers pay for her bong, threatening suicide, performing cartwheels, shredding paperwork and making gun hand gestures towards the officers.
The 18-year-old’s father saw the footage of her arrest and said, “she was resisting arrest, and she had to be forcefully put in the police car. The police showed more patience than I would have.”
The ACLU, however, is apparently not happy that the chief released information to counteract the lies spread by the 18-year-old, and accuse him of using facts to “shut down conversations.”
“There’s a fine line between engaging the community, which is something we want our law enforcement officers to do, and doing what some might see as trying to shut down conversations,” attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, Jay Diaz, said according to Seven Days.
“Affirmatively posting on a citizen’s Facebook page, especially in a sensitive situation, seems fairly inappropriate and would be understandably chilling.”
Logan Huysman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and simple assault on a law enforcement officer.