On May 17th, 2001, Joseph Bennett took a field trip to the D.C. Jail. Bennett, then a 7th grade student, did not expect what was to come.
Once inside the jail, Bennett and the other strip search participants were ordered to submit to a strip search by guards; Bennett was the last one to be strip searched, having endured screams from his classmates in a nearby cell where they were being humiliated by guards.
Bennett refused to strip down completely. A guard then forcibly removed Bennett’s boxer shorts.
Bennett alleged false imprisonment, assault and battery, and other claims against the District. The District offered judgment under Fed. R. Civ. p 68 for $150,000 which Bennett accepted.
See: Bennett v. District of Colombia, No. 1: 02-CV-00729 (D. Colo. 2003).
As a digital subscriber to Prison Legal News, you can access full text and downloads for this and other premium content.
Already a subscriber? Login
Related legal case
Bennett v. District of Colombia
|Cite||No. 1: 02-CV-00729 (D. Colo. 2003)|