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Strip Search of Teen During Jail Tour Results in $150K Settlement

On September 9, 2003, the District of Columbia agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit surrounding the unlawful strip search of a teenager during a tour of the D.C. Jail.

On December 22, 2000, Reuben Minor was dropped off by his mom at the D.C. Jail. Minor was scheduled to participate in a tour of the jail as part of a program between the jail and his public school.

Once inside the jail, guards forced Minor to watch an adult male prisoner undergo a strip search. After Minor watched the strip search of the prisoner, guards instructed Minor to submit to a strip search as well. Minor initially refused but relented after guards and the prisoner that was present threatened him.

Minor sued alleging false imprisonment, assault and battery, and other claims. The District settled for $150,000. Minor was represented by John Iweanoge, Jr. of Washington D.C. See: Minor v. District of Columbia, No. 1:02-CV-01225 (D. Colo, 2002).

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Minor v. District of Columbia