Exotic dancers who claim these folks were held against their will and photographed by San Diego, Ca law enforcement officers during the compliance raid can advance because of their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled this week.
The 24 dancers, who definitely have worked at the Cheetahs or Expose strip clubs, claim the officers violated their constitutional rights in the raids July 15, 2013, and March 6, 2014.
Based on the complaint, five to 15 law enforcement officers visited the clubs in the early-evening hours and ordered the san diego female strippers in a dressing room, where these people were told to hold back 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 them to expose parts of the body so that they could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.”
The dancers say the process lasted more than one hour, and once several asked if they could leave, police threatened these with arrest and stationed officers on 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 presented with the city’s permitting law, which allows police inspections of adult entertainment businesses. Police have stated that cataloging tattoos is a straightforward strategy to identify dancers who regularly change their appearances.
“Submitting photographs and providing identification during reasonable inspections, in order to avoid losing a permit, is qualitatively diverse from stripping down to undergarments, huddling within a dressing room for about an hour or so, and submitting into a photo shoot that involved the exposure of intimate areas of the body, to prevent arrest,” he wrote.
The judge can also be allowing the lawsuit to visit forward on a false-imprisonment claim and a Monell claim, which can hold supervisors liable for the actions of lower-ranking officers if 70dexmpky may be proven that the behavior was a part of an extensive-standing custom or practice in the Police Department.
Although the judge agreed together with the city that three raids inside a year don’t figure 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.