Exotic dancers who claim these people were held against their will and photographed by San Diego County police officers during the compliance raid can move forward with their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled in the week.
The 24 dancers, that have worked on the Cheetahs or Expose strip clubs, claim the officers violated their constitutional rights throughout the raids July 15, 2013, and March 6, 2014.
Based on the complaint, five to 15 law enforcement officers went to the clubs through the early-evening hours and ordered the san diego male strippers in a dressing room, where these were told to hold back 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 number of the officers “made arrogant and demeaning comments for the entertainers and ordered these people to expose parts of the body to make sure they could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.”
The dancers repeat the process lasted more than an hour, and when several asked when they could leave, police threatened these with 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 laid out with the city’s permitting law, that enables police inspections of adult entertainment businesses. Police have said that cataloging tattoos is an easy strategy to identify dancers who regularly change their appearances.
“Submitting photographs and providing identification during reasonable inspections, to protect yourself from losing a permit, is qualitatively distinct from stripping right down to undergarments, huddling in a dressing room for about an hour, and submitting to a photo shoot that involved the exposure of intimate parts of the body, to avoid arrest,” he wrote.
The judge is additionally allowing the lawsuit to go forward on the false-imprisonment claim along with a Monell claim, which may hold supervisors liable for the actions of lower-ranking officers if 70dexmpky might be proven the behavior was component of a long-standing custom or practice in the Police Department.
While the judge agreed using the city that three raids within a year don’t add up to a “long-standing” or “widespread” practice, the judge also cited comments from a police spokesman who told the media that such raids were routine.