Exotic dancers who claim these were held against their will and photographed by San Diego County police officers during the compliance raid can move forward because of their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled in the week.
The 24 dancers, who have worked on the Cheetahs or Expose strip clubs, claim the officers violated their constitutional rights during the raids July 15, 2013, and March 6, 2014.
According to the complaint, five to 15 law enforcement officers went to the clubs throughout the early-evening hours and ordered the san diego male strippers in a dressing room, where they 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 some of the officers “made arrogant and demeaning comments on the entertainers and ordered these people to expose body parts so they could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.”
The dancers say the process lasted greater than 1 hour, and when several asked if they could leave, police threatened these with arrest and stationed officers with the exits, the suit says.
Lawyers for San Diego County police asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the search and seizure was reasonable as laid out through the city’s permitting law, allowing police inspections of adult entertainment businesses. Police have said that cataloging tattoos is a straightforward approach 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 better than stripping down to undergarments, huddling in the dressing room for up to 1 hour, and submitting into a photo shoot that involved the exposure of intimate parts of the body, in order to avoid arrest,” he wrote.
The judge is also allowing the lawsuit to travel forward with a false-imprisonment claim and a Monell claim, which could hold supervisors responsible for the actions of lower-ranking officers if 70dexmpky could be proven how the behavior was part of a long-standing custom or practice in the Police Department.
Although 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 by way of a police spokesman who told the media that such raids were routine.