SAN DIEGO (AP) — The city of San Diego is being sued by 30 exotic dancers who say police stripped them of their rights.
The Los Angeles Times says the suit, filed Wednesday, contends that vice squad officers made strippers pose in various positions in order to photograph their tattoos and made "arrogant and demeaning remarks" during licensing inspections at two strip clubs.
The suit, which also names the police chief, alleges unreasonable search and seizure.
Police Lt. Kevin Mayer says police are required to make regular inspections of strip clubs and that taking photos of the employees, including their distinctive tattoos, is a routine part of the process.
But the women's' attorney, Dan Gilleon, contends police went overboard and detained the women for more than an hour without probable cause.©2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.