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Dana Holmes Claims Police Illegally Strip-Searched Her (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Dana Holmes has filed a lawsuit that claims she was illegally stripped-searched after being arrested for a DUI in May.

Holmes pleaded guilty to the DUI and received court supervision, but says after her arrest in Marseilles, Ill. police illegally strip-searched and left her naked in a jail cell for more than an hour.

A surveillance camera (video below) in the Lasalle County jail recorded a police officer patting down the 32-year-old woman.

When Holmes moved her leg, she was pushed to the ground and carried into a jail cell by three male officers and one female officer.

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It was there in the jail cell, also recorded on video, where the four police officers took her clothing off.

"I was terrified. I felt helpless. I was scared and I lay there crying. I just prayed," Holmes told ABC 7 News.

Her attorney Terry Ekl has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff, the officers, and the county. Ekl says that under law, only an officer of the same gender can strip search an inmate.

That officer must also get permission from a supervisor and do the strip search in a private area.

"These are on-duty deputy sheriffs humiliating and groping a female inmate. It makes you wonder, were these guys ever trained?" said Ekl, who also plans to meet with the LaSalle County State's Attorney's office about possible criminal charges against the officers.

Holmes says she never argued with the officers, but added: "I hope they lose their jobs. No one should be treated that way."

The LaSalle County Sheriff's department has not commented on the situation yet.

Source: ABC 7 News, Chicago Tribune