Dallas escorts were attacked, groping and threatened with arrest for refusing to perform for an escort, a witness told the Associated Press.
The witness said the escort, who asked not to be identified because she was afraid of repercussions, was approached by two Dallas police officers who demanded she turn over her phone and phone records, according to AP.
The woman said she did not comply.
She said the officer put his hand on her backside, then began groping her breasts and then the inside of her pants.
She did not resist, she said, but was forced to tell them she was not interested in their advances.
“I was so frightened,” the witness said.
“It was scary.
I was scared to death.”
The Dallas Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said they were investigating the incident.
Police officers arrested two other Dallas escorting employees for public intoxication.
The other escort, identified as Ashley, said she was asked by an officer to turn over the phone, but she refused.
She then said, “I am not going to do it,” but the officer said, “‘You have to turn it over,'” she said.
She continued to resist, and the officer slapped her on the face.
“He just punched me in the face,” Ashley said.
The incident took place on March 6, according the police report.
A second woman who was also at the bar at the time, Ashley’s companion, told police she saw a male officer grab a woman by her hair and “squeeze her neck,” according to the police affidavit.
The police report said the woman “took off running” and the man was seen chasing her, yelling “I’ll get you.”
Ashley said she turned around to find a third escort in her vicinity, and she told them she did as well.
“One of the escorts grabbed my hair and said, ‘We’ll find you, you bitch,'” Ashley said in an interview.
“The other two escorts pulled me into the bathroom and started screaming, ‘You don’t want to come out, do you?'”
The Dallas police report did not say what the woman said to the officer that prompted the confrontation.
“This is an assault,” Ashley told the AP.
“And they need to take action.”
Dallas police declined to comment on the assault.
In February, a man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an escort after she refused to perform at a nightclub in Dallas.
The man told police that he was with two escorting women, but the two women did not agree to perform, according a police affidavit obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.
The two escort women said they refused to allow the man to enter the club, and he pushed the two escripts into a corner of the club.
The AP was unable to determine whether the incident was related.
A Dallas police spokesman told the Houston Chronicle the man “was intoxicated and acting erratically” and “violently resisting arrest” when officers responded.
The department also said the man refused to take a breathalyzer test.
He was released on a $10,000 bond.
The Houston Chronicle reported the incident happened a month before a new police chief was sworn in, and a department spokesman told AP that the department “does not condone misconduct in the workplace.”