The Puyallup police are being accused of spying on and videotaping naked female DUI suspects at the jail bathroom, reports CBS Seattle.
A lawsuit alleges members of the police department videotaping the female DUI suspects as they undressed in the bathroom. The recordings were made on the jail's surveillance camera system and more attractive women were recorded more often than others, claims the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by a Seattle attorney who became suspicious when two of his clients were told to undress even though he says they were not booked and were about to be released.
In its defense, the Puyallup police maintains its innocence. A police spokesperson calls the lawsuit "meritless" and stated that officers were simply following “standard jail practices.” The Puyallup City Attorney also says that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit "cherrypicked" videos to support the claim.
As you may know, DUI suspects in Washington already face an uphill battle. Public sentiment is against drunk drivers and new, harsher laws were recently passed in response to several high-profile DUI incidents. If the allegations against the Puyallup police are true, DUI suspects may also be subject to humiliation and indignity in some cases.
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