- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by more than two dozen dancers from a San Diego strip club who claim police officers held them against their will to photograph their tattoos.

Judge M. James Lorenz rejected a request by the city attorney to toss the suit filed in March 2014 by dancers at Cheetahs, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday (https://lat.ms/1HsfzWF).

His decision could lead to a trial with contrasting testimony by strippers and police about what happened when vice officers conducted inspections of Cheetahs lasting four hours on one occasion and 2 ½ hours on another.

Lorenz rejected the city attorney’s assertion that the statute of limitations makes the civil rights allegations moot.

Attorney Daniel Gilleon said the Police Department is learning “that even strippers have Fourth Amendment rights.”



The suit claims 10 officers told the women “to pose in various positions and expose various body parts,” and the officer taking photos told them to “smile.”

Police Lt. Kevin Mayer told The San Diego Union-Tribune last year that documenting tattoos is an important way to know dancers’ identities for club permit purposes. Cheetahs’ permit was suspended in 2012 after undercover detectives found violations.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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