2nd Claim Filed Against SDPD in Strip Club Raids

The claim alleges that officers acted inappropriately during a raid on Expose Gentlemen's Club

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    Dancers at Expose Gentleman's Club claim SDPD officers violated their civil rights by detaining them and taking pictures during a license check. Now, a lawsuit has been filed. NBC 7’s Danya Bacchus reports. (Published Saturday, Apr 5, 2014)

    A group from a second San Diego strip club has accused San Diego Police officers of acting inappropriately during a permit check last month.

    In a claim filed Friday against the City of San Diego, dancers from the Expose Gentlemen’s Club in Kearny Mesa said six SDPD officers detained them against their will for about an hour during a raid on March 6.

    The officers were checking the women’s permits – which they legally have to update every year to continue working.

    The claim states the police made “arrogant and demeaning comments” during the inspection and ordered the women to pose in various positions and expose body parts so the officers could take pictures of their tattoos.

    Attorney Dan Gilleon, who filed the claim on behalf of the women, said the alleged victims suffered emotional distress, humiliation and loss of income from the raid.

    Friday’s claim is nearly identical to one filed on March 24 by dancers at Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club. That club was inspected the same night as Expose.

    In response to the Cheetahs claim, SDPD Lt. Kevin Mayer told NBC 7 that the officers did not stray from standard protocol.

    He said adult entertainers know checks like these are coming, and the inspections are vital because work permits can be compromised.

    Adult dancers often change their appearances, so documenting tattoos are critical to help them verify a person's identity or prove that they're giving false information, Mayer had said.

    The Expose claim is for more than $10,000.

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