Man Files Complaint Over Bikini-Clad Police Officer

September 27th, 2010 by Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A man in Albuquerque filed a complaint last Friday after he said he was pulled over by two bikini-clad police officers off a freeway exit in June.

Ilia Spilca said he was driving to work on northbound Interstate 25 last June 23 when an officer pulled him over after he exited the freeway.

“They said, ‘What do you have to drink?’ I said, ‘Nothing, water.’ ‘I’m going to ask you again what do you have to drink?’ I said (for the) second time, ‘Water, that’s it,’” Spilca said.

Spilca said he was drinking water from a bottle that looks like a bottle of alcohol. The officer did not give him a ticket, but Spilca filed a citizen’s complaint with the Internal Review Office more than two months after the incident.

In the complaint, Spilca said the two officers who chased him were wearing bikinis and had guns tucked into their shorts. The women were off-duty Albuquerque Police Department officers assisting an on-duty officer, the complaint stated.

“I was very angry; I was shaking,” Spilca said.

APD Commander Steve Warfield said they have rules for police dress codes, but noted that their jobs are 24/7 and off-duty officers often respond to calls not wearing their uniforms.

“There are numerous circumstances where off-duty officers have rendered assistance, have rendered aid (and) assisted on-duty officers with incidents on a daily basis,” Warfield said.

The IRO, which is conducting an internal investigation on the complaint, said that more than half of all citizen complaints on police have been found false or aren’t proven to be true. This year, only 12 percent of the complaints were found to be true.

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