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Woman Files Suit Claiming She Was Forcibly Strip-Searched by Police

 Wednesday, October 2, 2013

 ABC News

An Illinois woman filed a federal lawsuit against police Monday claiming she was forcibly strip-searched and left naked for two minutes following an arrest for driving under the influence. Dana Holmes, 33, alleged that LaSalle County police officers strip-searched her without legal justification and left her naked in a padded cell.
"I hope they lose their jobs. No one should be treated that way," Holmes told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago. The incident unfolded when Holmes was pulled over by police in Marseilles for speeding May 18. She allegedly told police she’d been at a wedding with her boyfriend, and he was too drunk to drive home. Holmes, according to police, had a blood alcohol level about three times the legal limit. Holmes was transported to LaSalle County police station where security cameras captured a female deputy patting her down with male deputies standing by. During the pat down, Holmes can be seen on video lifting her leg. That’s when the officers surrounded her and pinned her to the ground. "I was terrified. I felt helpless," Holmes said.