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Police Sued for Videotaping Female Suspects in Bathroom, Undressing

| by Michael Allen

The Puyallup, Washington Police Department has been sued for video recording female DUI suspects in various stages of undress in holding cells and while using the jail bathrooms.

Seattle attorney James Egan filed a lawsuit on Thursday that claims Puyallup police selectively videotaped eleven young attractive women, with surveillance cameras, as they changed their clothes and used the toilet, noted KIRO 7.

Egan said the women were “detained for misdemeanors only to become the victims” of “felony voyeurism.”

According to the lawsuit, women were directed into a video-monitored holding cell where they were told to strip and change into jail clothes for their mug shots. Egan said there is no reason why someone has to change clothes to pose for a mug shot.

In the lawsuit, one woman claims that a booking officer cupped her breasts and patted her down in a sexual manner. He asked her to change her clothes and directed her to a holding cell. The woman said she left her underwear on after changing, but the officer somehow knew about her underwear after she put the prison outfit on.

A second woman said that guards called her "squat or squatter" after she used the toilet. A third plaintiff added: "I didn't find out until almost two years later when my lawyer called me and told me there was video of me urinating."

The women were all released on bail hours after being booked and were not convicted criminals at the time of the video recordings.

"The practices that are used in the Puyallup Jail are standard correctional procedures used in jails across the United States," said Puyallup Police Capt. Scott Engle, who claims the cameras are for security.

However, KIRO 7 checked the Seattle area and found three counties do not use cameras where the toilets and dressing areas are.

Egan requested the video through public disclosure, but Puyallup City Attorney Kevin Yamamoto claims that Egan was "trolling" for plaintiffs for his own financial gain.

Source: KIRO 7