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San Diego Police Creepily Forced Strippers to Pose for Photos. Now the City's Paying $1.5 Millio


The City of San Diego will pay a pack of strippers nearly $1.5 million for behavior sleazier that what you'd typically see at a club.

San Diego has an ordinance to license strippers, requiring them to get identification cards to show who they are. Then police got creepy. In 2013 and 2014, police came to two clubs, Cheetah's Gentleman's Club and Exposé, detained strippers for more than an hour, and subjected them to bizarre inspections and lined them up to take their photographs, all using this ordinance as a justification. The women claim the police made demeaning comments to them and threatened to arrest them if they tried to leave.

Back then, police said they were taking these photos to document the women's tattoos to track them—much like they do with gang members—because they change their appearances. Seventeen women saw this as a violation of their constitutional rights and sued.