BRIDGETON — A local woman alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that she was forced to perform sexual acts with city Police Officer Braheme Days in exchange for Days keeping her out of jail for a shoplifting offense.
Shakera Brown alleges Days — who is on paid leave related to a fatal shooting by police in December — first forced her to perform oral sex on him at his police cruiser in the city while Days was still on duty Jan. 20, 2014.
The alleged forced sexual acts then continued for three hours during the early morning hours of Jan. 21, 2014, at a motel in Vineland, the lawsuit reads. Days continued to force Brown to perform sexual acts at various times throughout 2014, even through Brown said she reported the incidents to city police in August, it continues.
City officials could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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Brown’s last alleged sexual encounter with Days occurred in December, according to the lawsuit, which also states that the 22-year-old Brown is undergoing psychiatric treatment because of Days’ actions.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Camden on Thursday, and lists the defendants as Days, the city and the city Police Department. Brown is seeking more than $25 million in damages, her attorney, Raheem S. Watson of Philadelphia, said in a statement.
“It is extremely sad and disturbing that an individual who has taken an oath to serve and protect abused that authority by forcing a young, defenseless person to perform unwanted sexual acts for his self-gratification and did so knowing that he was breaking the law,” Watson’s statement reads.
Days is currently on paid administrative leave while the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office conducts a use-of-deadly-force investigation into last year’s fatal shooting of Jerame C. Reid.
Days is one of two city police officers who shot Reid, 36, of the Seabrook section of Upper Deerfield Township, the evening of Dec. 30 following a traffic stop at Henry Street and South Avenue. Law enforcement officials said Days and Officer Roger Worley discharged their service weapons after a handgun was “revealed” and then “recovered.”
Worley is also on paid administrative leave while the investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office proceeds.
In the lawsuit filed Thursday, Brown alleges the forced sexual relations with Days began after Days told Brown on Jan. 20, 2014, that he was arresting her on shoplifting charges unless the two of them could “work something out.”
According to the lawsuit, Days told Brown, “I can take you to jail, or we can handle this in an adult manner.” When Brown asked Days what he meant, Days replied, “I think you know what that means,” the lawsuit states.
Brown alleges in the lawsuit that she “reluctantly” complied with Days’ request that she put her cell phone number into Days’ cell phone. The first call from Days came at 8 p.m. that night, Brown alleges.
“After the initial encounter on (Jan. 20 and Jan. 21), Officer Days engaged in a pattern of sexual harassment, intimidation and extortion of Ms. Brown,” the lawsuit reads.
Days also provided Brown with a prepaid cell phone so he could contact her whenever he wanted, according to the lawsuit.
“Days would call and text the pre-paid cellular phone he provided to … Brown almost daily, demanding that she come to see … Days because he wanted sex,” the lawsuit reads. “Days would constantly remind … Brown of their ‘agreement,’ that as long as she provided sex whenever … Days requested, she would not go to jail.”
At least one of those alleged sexual encounters involved Days demanding to have sex with Brown “without protection,” the lawsuit reads. That encounter prompted Brown to be tested for any sexually transmitted diseases, it reads.
“Brown was medically cleared of any sexually transmitted diseases, but has to undergo screening for the foreseeable future … because some sexually transmitted diseases take months, or even years, to surface,” the lawsuit reads.
Brown’s lawsuit is not the first time city residents have lodged complaints against Days.
Days has been as a defendant in seven Municipal Court complaints since August 2013, according to Municipal Court records. The complaints essentially alleged harassment by Days, and all of the complaints were dismissed for lack of probable cause, the records show.
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