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Senatobia Police Officer Sexually Assaulted Woman After Roadside Stop, Lawsuit Alleges

A Tate County woman is alleging that a Senatobia police officer sexually assaulted her during an unwarranted traffic stop. A lawsuit she filed on May 21 names the City of Senatobia, Senatobia Police Chief Richard Chandler and Senatobia Police Officer Willie McNeil as defendants.

Shanterra Jackson, who is Black, says the ordeal began when a Sardis police officer followed her outside of his jurisdiction and pulled over her while her friend was driving on Aug. 25, 2023. The lawsuit says the officer did not give a reason for the stop, but drew his firearm and told Jackson and her companion to get out of the car while he called the Senatobia Police Department for backup.

Jackson’s attorney, Carlos Moore, told the Mississippi Free Press the Sardis officer likely started following her in Sardis, but pulled her over in Senatobia.

Read Shanterra Jackson’s lawsuit

The lawsuit says Senatobia McNeil arrived at the scene, handcuffed Jackson, put her in his police cruiser and drove her into the woods without an explanation. Jackson asked what he was doing to her, and he replied, “You know for what,” the lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit alleges that McNeil turned off his body camera, removed Jackson’s handcuffs and sexually assaulted her over his car. Jackson says in the lawsuit that she was confused during the encounter and has suffered physical, mental and emotional trauma.

Moore told the Mississippi Free Press that after McNeil assaulted her, the officer reported on the police radio that he gave her “a courtesy ride home.” Moore said Jackson never learned why the car was pulled over..

“She believes she was just targeted. She believes the officer found her attractive and wanted to sexually batter her,” the attorney told the Mississippi Free Press on May 24.

A video that Jackson recorded with her phone and that Moore shared with the Mississippi Free Press shows an officer arresting the man she was riding with while a second officer walks over to her.

“Turn around,” says the officer, who Moore identified as McNeil. After Jackson asks what she did, the officer in the video responds,

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