San Diego strippers sue city, cops; say club inspection turned into photo peep show: lawsuit
Dancers at a Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club in San Diego said a March inspection on their club went too far, with officers corralling strippers in a locker and taking racy pics of them. Police said the legal inspection was to make sure the strippers had their city-issued licenses.NEW YORK DAILY NEWSFriday, July 18, 2014, 2:38 PM
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Strippers in Southern California are suing the city after they said a squad of vice cops went over the line during an inspection of their club, corralling them in a locker room for hours and snapping "nearly nude" pics of them.
Dancers at the Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club in San Diego said local police crossed the line when around a dozen body-armor clad officers stormed their club in March for an unannounced inspection, according to reports
Strippers in San Diego must carry city-issued licenses.
Cops have the authority to check those licenses at any time and don't have to let the club know beforehand, authorities said.
One dancer, Brittany Murphy, said the March 6 license check was more like an impromptu peep-show, with cops snapping R-rated pics they said were meant to document the girls' tattoos.
"I was wearing a sheer one-piece type thing and the flashes were going and they could definitely see stuff, so that's kind of uncomfortable," Murphy told NBC San Diego.
"I mean, I am a stripper but…" she said, trailing off, before adding that she and many of the other girls "felt very violated."
The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court Wednesday, also said the girls were made to "expose body" parts that were otherwise covered up so cops could photograph them.
The suit also claimed the cops made "demeaning remarks" and didn't allow them to leave the club for two hours.FOX5SANDIEGO.COMThe inspection was filmed by the club's security cameras.PreviousNext
The club was open during the raid, and some of the scantily-clad women were waiting to go on stage.
Dan Gilleon, who is representing the strippers and the club, accused the police of violating the women's Fourth Amendment rights of unreasonable search and seizure.
"They crossed [the line], went in there and held them against their will and forced them to pose for photographs," Gilleon told the station.
The suit names both the city and San Diego and the chief of police as defendants.
San Diego police said the officers did nothing wrong.
Cops have a right to check identity cards, and taking photos was an important part of verifying the dancers' identities.
"The San Diego code mandates we make these inspections," police spokesman Lt. Kevin Mayer told the Los Angeles Times. "This is not a criminal matter, this is a regulatory matter."
The lawsuit was seeking an unspecified amount of money in damages.
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