More Women Claim Illegal Strip Searches: Lawyer

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    A 33-year-old woman is suing LaSalle County after jail surveillance cameras captured four deputies forcibly stripping her and leaving her in a cell without her clothes when she was arrested for drunken driving.

    The lawyer for a woman who claims she underwent an illegal strip search while under arrest in LaSalle County says more women have come forward and are claiming similar treatment, according the Chicago Tribune.

    Attorney Terry Ekl has filed an emergency motion to prevent the destruction of potential video evidence by LaSalle County authorities.

    Dana Holmes, 33, of Coal City, filed a federal lawsuit against LaSalle County one week ago alleging three men and a woman pulled her to the ground earlier this year, carried her into a cell, stripped her naked and walked out with her clothes. Holmes was under arrest for DUI at the time.

    Footage from the jail shows deputies fingerprinting and photographing Holmes more than an hour after the strip search, covering her in only a blanket.

    Surveillance: Woman Strip-Searched During DUI Arrest

    [CHI] Surveillance: Woman Strip-Searched During DUI Arrest
    This video surveillance was provided by the attorneys of an Illinois woman suing LaSalle County after she says she was forcibly stripped by four officers and left in a jail cell without her clothes when she was arrested for drunken driving. The video has been blurred to remove nudity.

    Under Illinois law, a strip-search is permitted only when officers have a “reasonable belief” that the subject is hiding a weapon or a controlled substance on their body and requires the search be conducted by an officer of the same sex.