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$30,000 Paid for Broadcasting Florida Jail Strip-Search

After being arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, and disorderly conduct, the plaintiff in this case was taken to Florida's Delray Beach Police Department's holding cell to await his transport to the Palm Beach County Jail. Prior to that transport on February 13, 1991, the prisoner was taken to a fingerprint room to be searched.
Once in the fingerprint room, a rookie guard ordered the prisoner to submit to a strip search. The room, unbeknownst to the guard, was equipped with a closed circuit camera that broadcasted to various monitors in the jail. As a result, three female communications officers observed portions of the strip search on the monitors. The prisoner sued, alleging the defendants acted with malice or bad fair or that they violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The City of Delray Beach settled for $30,000 before trial. A jury found the rookie guard was unaware the camera was present and found for the guard. See: Cook v. Brochu, Fla. 15th Judicial Circuit, Case No 93-10215, 1996 WL 566131.

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Cook v. Brochu, Fla.