A lawsuit filed Feb. 5, 2021 states two Myrtle Beach police officers responded to an apartment complex on Hawthorne Lane to investigate a criminal domestic violence complaint on July 23, 2020. The officers on call were one male and one female.
After a cursory inquiry, the female officer left the apartment and the victim was alone with Justin Vazquez, the officer named as a defendant.
The lawsuit alleges that Vazquez came around a table where the plaintiff was standing and lifted up her dress while holding a cellphone camera directed under her clothing. The woman said she moved to a different part of her kitchen and the defendant left the apartment.
Several minutes later, both the female officer and the defendant brought the plaintiff a witness statement and asked her to fill it out, the lawsuit states.
“While in Plaintiff’s apartment, as Plaintiff was standing and making the corrections/additions to her witness statement, Officer Vazquez again moved behind Plaintiff, took his cellphone and again lifted Plaintiff’s dress and took a picture with his phone,” the lawsuit states.
The woman said she told the officer she had to get ready to go out, at which time the defendant left the apartment and she locked the door, court records state.
“Upon information and belief, Defendants knew or should have known of Officer Vazquez’s inappropriate actions and/or propensity to harm females including Plaintiff, yet failed to take any action against Officer Vazquez,” the lawsuit states.