Monday, February 3, 2014
LAWSUIT CLAIMS CPD CONDUCTED ILLEGAL STRIP SEARCHES IN PUBLIC
A federal lawsuit accuses eight Chicago police officers of planting evidence and illegally strip-searching three city residents in open air, with one plaintiff claiming she was forced to remove a tampon in front of male officers. Caprice Halley, Tevin Ford and the estate of Willie Douglas filed a civil rights complaint against the officers and the City of Chicago on Wednesday, saying the officers violated their Fourth Amendment rights against warrantless searches. A video of the incident, shot by a neighbor and broadcast on local media this week, prompted the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims Officer Wherfel found nothing illegal on Halley. Shortly after the search, Wherfel allegedly reached into her sock and pulled out a small bag of heroin, which she claims was found tucked into Halley’s waistband. The lawsuit says the officers charged Douglas and Halley with delivery and possession of heroin. Chicago police dropped charges against Douglas when he died last June. Halley’s attorneys say they also expect her charges to be dropped. The lawsuit includes counts of unlawful seizure, false arrest, conspiracy to violate civil rights, failure to intervene, intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery, indemnity and three counts of illegal search. It also includes one count against the City of Chicago for liability. The plaintiffs are asking for monetary damages.