- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - Aiken police say there was nothing improper about a traffic stop that two South Carolina residents say included an illegal cavity search in broad daylight.

The city issued a statement Tuesday denying allegations against its public safety department by Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon, who contend in a pending federal lawsuit that their civil rights were violated during an October 2014 stop.

Pontoon and Hicks say they were searched without consent. In addition to a cavity search, the complaint says a female officer exposed Hicks’ breasts on the side of the road.

Aiken police say the stop was part of an ongoing drug investigation and was prompted by a tip from an informant. They also say a body cavity search was never conducted, nor were private body parts ever exposed.


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