San Diego Strippers $1.5 Million Suit (update)

It was reported by ABC News in San Diego that the 30 strippers suing the SD Police for detaining them and photographing them in their dressing room are suing for a total of $1.5 million, or $50,000 each.

The suit claims the photo session was a violation of the dancers’ Fourth Amendment protection against illegal search and seizure.

The cops’ argument is based on simple logic. Dancers must be licensed to work as strippers, and police are allowed to verify licenses. Since tattoos are common these days, police are allowed to photograph any licensed individuals to catalog their tattoos for future identification purposes.

By the same token, real estate agents are also required to be licensed in California. I think the cops have a pretty good shot at winning this case, provided they can show a few instances of detaining real estate agents in their places of business, and stripping them in order to photograph any identifying tattoos before allowing them to leave.