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Posted on 10/01/2013 10:53:47 AM PDT by Morgana
FULL TITLE: Woman arrested for drunk driving sues after video shows her being strip searched by four officers and tossed naked into a cell
A Chicago-area woman arrested in May for drunk driving is now suing county police for what she says was an illegal, humiliating strip search by four officers that was all caught on video.
Dana Holmes was nearly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit when she was pulled over and taken to county jail, where surveillance footage shows her being pulled to the ground by a female officer and three male officers.
The 33-year-old was stripped completely of her clothes and left naked in a cell alone, where she cried on the floor for several minutes before police tossed her a padded suit.
Holmes was transported to the county jail by local authorities who made no note of any combativeness. Footage of her DUI arrest released to the media shows her cooperating and the local authorities made no note of her resisting behavior.
However, Lasalle County police say local cops informed them she was being mouthy and causing problems according to the Chicago Tribune.
It is at the county jail where things take a turn. Holmes is shown being searched against a wall by a female officer as male officers watch.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
She’s lucky they didn’t take her to some dilapidated building in the ghetto, and shove her out a window.
Of note, of course, is that this info has to come from a news source outside our country.
ummmm, from what I’ve seen....really.
Of noted this on several occasions. Why is a British paper running stories of local silliness happening in the U.S.?
She is OBVIOUSLY not guilty.
In fact, I think she was 3 times more sober than legally stone-cold sober - like a -0.24% or even a -0.30 even
quite obvious: Not Guilty..
Oh yeah, she’ll sue, and maybe win... But the rapist creepazoid bastards will get “Suspended with Pay.”
Reminiscient of THE ACCUSED.
Of course if they had deigned to ruffle the Hijab of a Muslimette, they’d all be crucified.
I speculate it was simple as this... the officers said to their pals: “We arrested an attractive babe for DUI, she’s pretty drunk... so anybody wanna see her naked”?
That’s what I’m guessing. Maybe not saying, but certainly thinking.
She’ll win this suit hands down. There was no reason other than she “mouthed off”. Apparently it’s against the constitution to say anything but “Yes, sir” and “No, sir” to cops.
She’s very pretty but she could be butt ugly and the cops were still wrong.
“and left naked in a cell alone”
You can see in the video that she has her black top on.
I don’t think she should get any money from this lawsuit. Why should she? She’s not out any money. Go ahead and fire the cops if they acted inappropriately. Their actions did not cost her anything monetarily. The lawsuit lottery system needs to end. Why should the taxpayers have to pay off a drunk driver?
. . . or Jesus might come back. Which do you think would occur first?
It’s not her black top.
” left naked in a cell alone, where she cried on the floor for several minutes before police tossed her a padded suit.”
I agree with you only as far as the officers being fired and not making the taxpayer pay. This was a serious breach of the woman’s rights by these officer and they should not only pay for it with their jobs but monetarily as well. You are kind of like one of the people on the site that basically said she was driving drunk so whatever happened to her is OK. What she did was wrong, but since when does that give the police the right to trample her rights. I wonder if it was your daughter, would you still feel the same?
“Why should the taxpayers have to pay off a drunk driver?”
Because the taxpayers’ employees violated her rights. Don’t want to pay? Get some better employees.
Watched the video at the link above. She was cooperating, when the female officer lifts her right foot, she loses her balance and that’s when the officer on the right puts her in an arm lock and takes her down.
She’ll win the lawsuit.
I didn't say that at all. I'm just saying that what happened to her didn't cost her any money, so why should she get paid? And I don't have a daughter, unless you know something I don't....
Yes, it is.
This is Gestapo sh!t. What the hell is happening in this country?
Sources for this info that are local to the area.
Whatever it is, most people on this thread are not too unhappy about it.
It didn’t cost her any money, correct, but it was a violation of her rights. I’m not a big believer in handing out money for simple little things. This is not a simple little thing and I believe the officers involved should pay not only with their jobs but in a monetary award from”them” to her. And as far as the comment about a daughter/ i don’t have to have a daughter, though I do, to imagine how I would feel if this was done to mine. What i don’t want to see happen is if these clowns do get fired all they do is go to work for another department, that happens all the time, they need to really feel some pain for acting this way under the color of authority, them not the taxpayer that hired them.
I understand you opinion on this matter. I just have a different opinion. I do agree with you that the officers should be disciplined - but I don’t think the taxpayers should be. And no money should change hands in this case.
Firing plus civil suits.
I saw it the way you did. I noticed she was all right when her left leg was lifted. That did not look like a kick when her right leg was lifted. It looked reflexive.
Whether she was drunk or not I can’t tell. She seemed composed, wasn’t stumbling and what I did her say on the videos was not slurred or incoherent.
There is no excuse for her being man-handled the way she was. It looks like the cops were just looking for any excuse to jump her, that it was pre-meditated.
Cops need to stick to their assigned responsibilities:
Collecting money for the Welfare State from innocent citizens attempting to legally go about their day.
Definitely a case of false arrest.
It's been this way for a long time. When that storm trooper stuck the gun in Elian's face and the majority of the country cheered, I lost all illusions about the USSA and it's subjects.
“If you’re not cops you’re little people”.
Um, because the American media won't?
Oh. Well. She deserves everything she got. Causing problems for the poh-lice isn't tolerated anymore.
Is money the only thing you care about? How about dignity and being treated as a human being? Or is it ok for people to treat you any way they please, as long as it doesn’t cost you money?
So we can put a price on someone’s dignity? Will the money magically make her feel better?
Unfortunately, money is the closest she will come to any justice for what they did. And she won’t even likely get that justice from sheltered pigs. That leaves only the local government to answer for it. You and I both know they won’t truly hold responsible those who did this.
And as one person said, the tax payers are responsible for what their government does, including who they hire as cops.You have to be responsible for what your elected government does.
Maybe we should start removing all the protections given to cops, and start voting in sheriffs that understand part of their job is to control their people, not protect them. The sheriff is NOT the union steward, he is the boss. It is time they acted like it.
Oh, in case you missed this part.
Part of the law suite is now the sheriff and local government gets to answer to the voters as to why they are paying for HIS people’s mistakes. That is, if the voters will bother to pay attention to what their cops are doing.
Lasalle County is not Chicago.
“...Shell win the lawsuit.”
And if I were on the jury and could influence it, she would win VERY, VERY BIG.
Bad cops (or Sheriff’s deputies) need to be purged from the ranks and made examples of. For every good cop (there was a thread today about a cop having a righteous shootout with a perp motorist who attacked him with a pistol) there seem to be five or six such as these despicable clowns.
This has been happening in Chicago for decades. I saw
a report in the Village Voice way back when I still
read that rag