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Officer claims corporal in viral St. Patrick's Day video harassed her

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

For the fifth time in two months, a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police officer has sent a letter to the city of Savannah putting officials on notice: she may sue.

All officers are represented by attorney William Claiborne, and all claim sexual harassment or retaliation for reporting harassment.

In a letter sent to the city Tuesday, Community Resource Officer Taliba Onyebuchi claims she was sexually harassed by Cpl. Aaron McKie.

It isn't the first time McKie has been in the news.

In 2011, a video of McKie arresting a man and a woman on Broughton Street during the St. Patrick's Day festivities went viral on YouTube. The video shows McKie using a baton and pepper spray during the arrests.

He was placed on desk duty after the video surfaced, stationed at the front desk of police headquarters and put in charge of a largely female group of community resource officers, Onyebuchi among them.

In a complaint filed with the city, Onyebuchi claims Mckie made comments about her breast size, about the size and shape of other female employees' buttocks and used profanity at work. Onyebuchi says her shifts were changed because she complained.

Her attorney says more accusations against the department from current and former officers may be coming.

"What this one shows is that really no matter who you are, no matter what department that you worked in, there was a possibility that you would be retaliated against," Claiborne said.

Metro police and the Savannah city attorney's office declined comment on the case Tuesday.

McKie could not be reached for comment.

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