Eight Chicago police officers conducted illegal, open-air strip searches without probable cause, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims.
The controversial searches, partially seen in video footage picked up by all the city's TV news stations this week, reportedly took place on May 23, 2013 in the 9000 block of South Laflin Street according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The lawsuit claims police in an unmarked squad car pulled over the three plaintiffs -- two men and one women -- after the officers drove the wrong way down a one-way street, the Sun-Times reports.
The group of three -- 26-year-old Caprice Halley, 20-year-old Tevin Ford and 19-year-old Robert Douglas, who was since killed in a shooting -- were subsequently searched for drugs and one of the men was forced to strip naked in a nearby gangway, the lawsuit claims. The woman, Halley, was allegedly forced to remove her pants and a tampon by the only female officer at the scene while other officers at the scene commented about her body in an incident not seen on the video.
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I am deeply offended and upset that those who have sworn to "serve and protect" have broken that oath. I'm not debating the innocence of those persons mentioned. However, how many reports of police planting evidence and pushing their boundaries will it take until action is initiated. It's sad to say, that in most cases those in power often abuse their power. The police live by a "code" of protecting each other, that's how they keep their units strong and structured. I have always wondered who enforces the laws upon the law keepers?
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Stephen "TheeBlackSocialite" Hale