While we are big fans of law enforcement and the police most of the time, when they do stupid and horrific things like they did in Hammond, Indiana, they deserve to be held accountable. A woman was arrested on shoplifting charges. She was placed in a cell and was strip searched. Fine, that is legitimate in my eyes.
But then we find out the room that she was in had a video recorder going and that afterwards copies of her strip search were shared with others. Now we are in the very wrong category if this is true, and the police should be held accountable for their actions.
The woman is seeking the maximum amount of damages allowed against a municipality, $300,000, and cites the city of Hammond on 10 counts, including intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy and violation of the Fourth Amendment.
The complaint was filed Tuesday at Lake Superior Court by the woman’s attorney, Todd M. Conover. The woman’s name is not included in the complaint.
The lawsuit states that on Oct. 31, 2004, police arrested the woman for shoplifting in Hammond and the she was subjected to an illegal strip search. She was held for more than 24 hours without any charges being filed, and was not able to communicate with her father, the lawsuit says.
It also alleges that the strip search was videotaped or electronically recorded and that the illegal recording was copied and distributed by police officers. via AP Wire