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$5,000 Settlement on D.C. Jail Prisoner’s Improper Body Cavity Search

The District of Columbia paid $5,000 to settle the Eighth Amendment violation lawsuit of prisoner John Lee, Jr.

While incarcerated at the D.C. Jail on August 17, 2000, Lee’s housing unit was subjected to a search. Guard Robert Curry did not like the way Lee was looking at him and decided to have him strip searched. Guard Truesdale, along with several other officers, commanded Lee, during the strip search, to bend over so they could look up his anal cavity. Lee informed them that this was against his Islamic faith and refused. At this point the officers grabbed Lee and forced his face down to the floor. Guard Truesdale then spread Lee’s buttocks apart while another officer performed a body cavity search.

Lee’s complaint alleged Defendants carried out an act of brutality and immoral behavior which is an Eighth Amendment violation.

Lee accepted settlement on May 9, 2001 acting pro se. See: Lee v. District of Columbia, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, Case No. cv-03057.

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Lee v. District of Columbia