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