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California: Sacramento County Shells Out $4,100 to Settle Unlawful Strip Search Claim

In January 2005, 3.5 years after being subjected to a strip search by deputies in Sacramento County Jail, Douzetta Hale was paid $4,096.69 in settlement of the claim for damages she had filed against the County of Sacramento and Sheriff’s Department personnel.

            In her claim, Hale alleged that on or about July 20, 2011, after being arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge, she was forced to completely undress, spread her legs, bend, over, spread her labia and buttocks for visual inspection, and then to cough three times before being permitted to put her clothes back on. Three days later, the charges against her were dismissed.

            Five months later, Hale filed a claim alleging wrongful invasion of privacy, unreasonable search, assault and battery, as well as other violations of her rights. She alleged that she suffered physical and emotional injury, as well as pain and suffering, and that the defendants intended to humiliate her. Source: Hale v. County of Sacramento, Claim Filed with Board of Supervisors, Dec. 21, 2001.

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Hale v. County of Sacramento