Lawsuit Accuses Oakland Police of Illegal Strip Searches

Ten men have filed a lawsuit accusing Oakland police officers of illegally strip-searching them in public.

In their complaint against the city of Oakland, the plaintiffs claim that officers pulled down their pants on city streets during incidents from 2003 to 2007.

The $10 million federal civil rights lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco.

It's the latest in a series of lawsuits accusing Oakland police of conducting invasive and illegal strip searches in public.

The suit claims the plaintiffs suffered extreme emotional distress, fear, terror, anxiety and humiliation.

A spokesman for Oakland City Attorney John Russo declined to comment on the complaint.
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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,
http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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