Exotic dancers who claim these were held against their will and photographed by San Diego police officers throughout a compliance raid can advance making use of their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled in the week.
The 24 dancers, who may have worked in the Cheetahs or Expose strip clubs, claim the officers violated their constitutional rights through the raids July 15, 2013, and March 6, 2014.
According to the complaint, five to 15 law enforcement officers went to the clubs through the early-evening hours and ordered the san diego female strippers into a dressing room, where they were told to wait patiently until called, the lawsuit said.
The officers then questioned the dancers, who had been scantily clad, checked their city-issued adult entertainer permits, asked about tattoos or piercings and photographed them.
The lawsuit claims some of the officers “made arrogant and demeaning comments for the entertainers and ordered them to expose parts of the body so that they could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.”
The dancers say the process lasted a lot more than 1 hour, and when several asked if they could leave, police threatened them arrest and stationed officers in the exits, the suit says.
Lawyers for San Diego, Ca police asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the search and seizure was reasonable as organized from the city’s permitting law, that allows police inspections of adult entertainment businesses. Police have claimed that cataloging tattoos is an easy way to identify dancers who regularly change their appearances.
“Submitting photographs and providing identification during reasonable inspections, to prevent losing a permit, is qualitatively better than stripping right down to undergarments, huddling in a dressing room for up to 1 hour, and submitting to some photo shoot that involved the exposure of intimate areas of the body, to avoid arrest,” he wrote.
The judge can also be allowing the lawsuit to go forward on the false-imprisonment claim as well as a Monell claim, which may hold supervisors accountable for the actions of lower-ranking officers if 70dexmpky could be proven how the behavior was component of an extensive-standing custom or practice in the Police Department.
While the judge agreed together with the city that three raids in a year don’t amount to a “long-standing” or “widespread” practice, the judge also cited comments with a police spokesman who told the media that such raids were routine.