A 45-year-old Whitewater woman has filed claims against Walworth County and the City of Whitewater stating police used unreasonable force while apprehending her.
Ana Rodriguez says officers violated her civil rights when they shot her with a Taser during an incident on November 6. Officer Raymond Boro says a 14-year-old girl was in the parking lot of a downtown bar where he parents were visiting around 1:40 a.m. Her parents and Rodriguez reportedly came out of the bar around 2:20 a.m. and Rodriguez began yelling with exaggerated hand movements. Boro requested assistance and two additional Whitewater officers and a Walworth County deputy arrived at the scene. Rodriguez reportedly started moving towards Officer Boro and had to be held back.
The complaint states she continued to resist, kicking an officer and freeing one of her hands from the handcuffs raising her arms with clenched fists. She was shot with the Taser, taken to a medical facility where she refused treatment, was charged with resisting and officer and has now filed these claims.
She is seeking $50,000 in damages stating law enforcement subjected her to humiliation and emotional trauma during the incident.
A jury trial for the misdemeanor criminal resisting an officer charge is scheduled for June 29 and 30.