Oakland to pay $4.6 million in strip search cases

Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune, November 14, 2012
OAKLAND -- Council members voted Tuesday to pay $4.6 million in damages to 39plaintiffs who accused Oakland police of illegally strip-searching them in public between 2002 and 2009. "It's been a very long time for many of our guys for this acknowledgment," the plaintiffs'attorney Michael Haddad said. "This settlement is vindication of their rights and their claims." ... Oakland has since revised its strip-search policy, but Haddad said it still gives officers broad powers to conduct searches in public, especially for parolees. "If we can't agree on a policy," he said, "we're going to have to take them back to court."

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