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Metro woman claims she was stopped by police while riding bike, illegally searched

OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro woman says she was stopped by police while riding her bicycle and was illegally searched.

Kelsey Pierce says she was riding her bicycle to Tower Theatre Thursday morning. Pierce, who works at the theatre, says an officer pulled her over at N.W. 21st and Dewey.

"It was just very scary. I had no idea what was happening," she said.

She says the officer handcuffed her and put her in his police car before searching through her backpack.

Pierce says the officer then told her she matched the description of someone involved in “suspicious activity.”

"The officer searched my backpack and searched my bags on my bicycle and then told me that I matched the description of a complaint about a suspicious person off of 19th and Douglas," said Pierce.

It's something her attorney says is illegal.

"He never told Kelsey why she was being detained until she was in the back of his police car while he was searching her belongings," said her attorney, Bryce Harp.

Police say they are investigating the matter and the "appropriate action will be taken if necessary."

'It was captured on a body-worn camera and that`s one of the things our police department was pushing for and to keep officers accountable," said Capt. Bo Mathews with the Oklahoma City Police.