CEDAR FALLS — A body camera has cleared a Cedar Falls officer accused of making inappropriate comments to a woman as police prepared to search her home in a drug investigation in January.
A woman at the Baker Drive home, Laura Myers, 34, claimed the officer made her keep the door open when she entered a bathroom to put on a bra and told her he had to watch. The officer was posted at her home while other officers prepared to obtain a search warrant for the property, according to Public Safety Director Chief Jeff Olson.
Her complaint was filed about 10 days after the search Jan. 10. While investigating the claim, officials reviewed footage from the officer’s body camera.
The camera showed the woman retrieving a bra, entering the bathroom, closing the door and leaving a short time later, according to court records.
“At no time during the contact is the (woman) unclothed in the officer’s view, and the officer is never inappropriate in his conduct,” a police lieutenant who investigated the complaint wrote in court records.
The camera started recording before the officer approached the woman, and it continued recording to the point when she was arrested for drug paraphernalia and child endangerment and taken to the police station, according to records.
“The camera was never off. If it was we’d be able to tell that,” Olson said. “The body camera showed that absolutely didn’t happen.”
Olson said the woman’s allegations could have resulted in discipline and possible termination for the officer if true.
“That’s a pretty serious accusation,” he said.
Cedar Falls police began testing body cameras a few years ago and in 2015 obtained 15 cameras for officers. He said the department’s policy is to record any time officers are involved in an enforcement action.
After the investigation into her complaint, Myers was arrested April 6 for making a false report to law enforcement.
Officers were originally sent to her home in January on a disturbance call that turned into a complaint of drug use, Olson said. Police found a glass and wooden pipes with burnt residue in places that were accessible to a child in the home, according to court records. Police also found a mirror with a white residue and a straw.