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Four Sheriff Officers Face Lawsuit for Illegal Strip-Search of Woman

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Have you ever had a DUI?

None of us ever want to get a DUI or hopefully never will. However, if you did, how would you expect to be treated? Would you expect the officers to follow protocol? Would you expect the officers to follow the law they are protecting and serving?

Would you expect your rights as an American citizen to be honored in a United States jail? I know I would, but for Dana Holmes that wasn’t the case. She was brought into a police department where police officers took her clothes off and left her alone in a padded cell.

Dana Holmes of Illinois was brought into the LaSalle County Police Department for a DUI after attending a wedding in May. According to reports, the 32-year-old woman had a blood-alcohol level that was almost three times the legal limit. The police report said that she had been “being mouthy and causing problems”.

Does Being Mouthy Justify Officers to Conduct a Strip-Search?

You may be wondering why these officers felt warranted to do the strip search simply because Holmes was being mouthy and causing problems. According to the Huffington Post, after Holmes lifted her leg while being patted down, 4 officers restrained her, brought her down on the floor and into a padded cell where they removed all of her clothing and left her there naked for an hour.

Under What Conditions is a Strip-Search Legal?

In Illinois, a strip-search can only be given where there is “reasonable belief” that the person in question is hiding a weapon or some sort of controlled substance. In addition, the strip-search must be only be done by officers of the same sex, with supervisor permission, where no outside person can watch.

When Holmes was strip-searched everything was caught on surveillance camera. The video shows three male officers and one female conducting the strip-search.

Holmes plead guilty to her DUI back in July and is already serving out her probation sentence. She filed a lawsuit last week claiming that LaSalle County officers’ actions were illegal.

So, what do you think? Do you think the officers acted illegally and should they be brought to justice?

This article was published on: October 7, 2013 and was last modified October 7, 2013