Exotic dancers who claim they were held against their will and photographed by San Diego police officers throughout a compliance raid can progress using their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled in the week.
The 24 dancers, who definitely have worked with the Cheetahs or Expose strip clubs, claim the officers violated their constitutional rights during the raids July 15, 2013, and March 6, 2014.
Based on the complaint, five to 15 police officers visited the clubs through the early-evening hours and ordered the san diego male strippers in to a dressing room, where these people were told to wait until called, the lawsuit said.
The officers then questioned the dancers, who were scantily clad, checked their city-issued adult entertainer permits, asked about tattoos or piercings and photographed them.
The lawsuit claims a few of the officers “made arrogant and demeaning comments for the entertainers and ordered them to expose areas of the body so that they could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.”
The dancers say the process lasted a lot more than an hour, and once several asked if they could leave, police threatened these with arrest and stationed officers in the exits, the suit says.
Lawyers for San Diego police asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the search and seizure was reasonable as outlined from the city’s permitting law, that allows police inspections of adult entertainment businesses. Police have said that cataloging tattoos is an easy approach 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 as a result of undergarments, huddling inside a dressing room for up to 1 hour, and submitting into a photo shoot that involved the exposure of intimate areas of the body, in order to avoid arrest,” he wrote.
The judge can also be allowing the lawsuit to go forward over a false-imprisonment claim plus a Monell claim, that may hold supervisors responsible for the actions of lower-ranking officers if 70dexmpky may be proven how the behavior was component of an extensive-standing custom or practice within the Police Department.
Even though the judge agreed together with the city that three raids in a year don’t total a “long-standing” or “widespread” practice, the judge also cited comments by a police spokesman who told the media that such raids were routine.