Chandler woman handcuffed naked settles lawsuit

Posted at 7:55 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 19:58:44-05

A woman, who was handcuffed naked by a Chandler police officer, has settled a civil lawsuit.

The incident happened in March of 2015 at Esmeralda Rossi’s home.

“I felt helpless. I felt violated. And honestly, I felt molested,” said Rossi.

Two Chandler police officers responded to Rossi’s home after they received a call about an argument between her and her estranged husband. 

“I was in the shower,” Rossi said. “My daughter came to the shower and said there are two officers at the door. So I just grabbed a towel."

When Rossi answered the door, she found two Chandler Police officers. She told the officers to wait outside while she grabbed her phone to record their conversation. However, instead they followed her in.

Rossi said one of the officers became very aggressive towards her and when Rossi’s daughter started recording, the situation escalated.

Rossi was put in handcuffs naked inside her kitchen. Rossi was never charged with a crime.

After an investigation, Chandler Police Department determined the officers entered Rossi’s home illegally.

The main officer involved in the incident no longer works for Chandler Police Department.

Rossi’s attorney Marc Victor says the amount of the settlement won’t be public record until city council’s approval next week.