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Woman alleges RCMP pulled her from shower, left her naked during house search

WINNIPEG - A Manitoba woman is suing six RCMP officers claiming they pulled her from a shower and left her shivering naked in her kitchen during a search of her home.

The woman alleges in a lawsuit filed last week that the September 2012 incident has left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, fear of being alone and a fear of showering, as well as emotional trauma.

The lawsuit alleges the woman was taken from her main-floor bathroom shower during the mid-morning raid and kept in custody, without any clothing, in the kitchen while police searched her home.

"The plaintiff was kept in the kitchen without access to covers for a period of time," the statement of claim says. "The plaintiff began hyperventilating and experiencing shock-like symptoms."

It claims the woman, who works as a hospital medical technician, was eventually taken to hospital in an ambulance. She is seeking unspecified damages including punitive damages and costs.

"As a result of the injuries which the plaintiff received from the defendants, the plaintiff has suffered out-of-pocket expenses including loss of wages in an amount to be proven at trial," the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says Mounties raided the house while executing a search warrant as part of an investigation, but does not elaborate. Daniel Minuk, the woman's lawyer, declined to comment on the lawsuit or its allegations.

Tara Seel, media relations officer with the RCMP, said it would be inappropriate to comment since the matter is now before the courts.

No statement of defence has been filed. The woman's claims have not been proven in court.

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