Alleged rape victim claims Alton police verbally abused her

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by Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 6:06 AM

(KMOV.com) - An alleged rape victim claims police verbally abused her after she was attacked, but a top Alton police official said officers acted appropriately.

Tabatha Hampton, 28, said she was beaten and raped after drinking alcohol and doing drugs at a house party in Alton on April 24.

“She has bleeding on her brain, her nose is broken,” said Hampton’s mother Jerri Jones.

Someone spotted Hampton wondering the streets without a shirt on and called 9-1-1.  Police found Hampton near the intersection of Amelia and Rockwell.

Police said she was taken to a hospital, where she refused medical treatment. Hampton said she didn’t understand the paperwork she was signing at the hospital.

Officials said Hampton was then taken to police headquarters and restrained her for her own safety. Hampton said police then verbally abused her.

“They made me feel like I was worth nothing,” Hampton said while crying.

Hampton’s mother was outraged when she came to pick her up at Alton police headquarters.

“They’re holding her past against her and one of the cops made the comment to her that ‘she got what she deserved’,” said Jones.

According to Capt. Scott Waldrup, officers never said such a thing to Hampton.

“We reviewed the video from the jail and have spoken with the officer who was handling the complaint that night and who dealt with her,” said Waldrup.

Jones criticized Alton police over the Internet, circulating a petition asking people to hold the officer accountable for allegedly saying her daughter “got what she deserved”.  

The Internet post also claims Hampton was ticked for indecent exposure and public intoxication.  

Police said Hampton was ticketed for being an intoxicated pedestrian in the roadway, but authorities said a ticket for indecent exposure was never considered.

“Our officers dealt with a very difficult situation that night in trying to get to the bottom of what happened.  They performed as I would expect them to perform,” said Waldrup.

Alton police said they continue to investigate Hampton's alleged attackers.

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