Exotic dancers who claim these folks were held against their will and photographed by San Diego, Ca law enforcement officers in a compliance raid can move ahead because of their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled this week.
The 24 dancers, that have worked in the Cheetahs or Expose strip clubs, claim the officers violated their constitutional rights in the raids July 15, 2013, and March 6, 2014.
According to the complaint, five to 15 police officers traveled to the clubs during the early-evening hours and ordered the san diego male strippers in to a dressing room, where these people were told to hold back 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 several of the officers “made arrogant and demeaning comments on the entertainers and ordered these to expose areas of the body in order that they could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.”
The dancers repeat the process lasted a lot more than an hour, and once several asked when they could leave, police threatened all of them with arrest and stationed officers with 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 laid out by the city’s permitting law, that enables police inspections of adult entertainment businesses. Police have claimed that cataloging tattoos is a simple 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 to undergarments, huddling in the dressing room for up to an hour, and submitting to your photo shoot that involved the exposure of intimate body parts, to protect yourself from arrest,” he wrote.
The judge can also be allowing the lawsuit to go forward on a false-imprisonment claim along with a Monell claim, that may hold supervisors accountable for the actions of lower-ranking officers if 70dexmpky can be proven how the behavior was a part of an extended-standing custom or practice within the Police Department.
Although the judge agreed together with the city that three raids inside 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.