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Williams v. City of Cleveland

Woman fails to pay traffic ticket, is arrested for driving on a suspended license. She’s strip searched in front of other detainees and gets “the hose treatment” (delousing) at Cleveland jail. Sixth Circuit (2014): Which is dehumanizing and perhaps a Fourth Amendment violation. This case should go to trial. Sixth Circuit (2018, over a dissent): Group strip searches expedite the intake process, which is good, and lice are bad, so this is all fine. (The jail has since been closed, and compulsory delousing halted.)


Tags: 2018, Fourth Amendment, Privacy, Sixth Circuit

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