Female DUI suspects forced to strip in Seattle-area jail while secretly videotaped
More people have stepped forward to complain about being taped undressing at a jail in Puyallup, Wash., after a lawsuit by 11 people against the city’s surveillance practices emerged this week.
The jail in the suburban Seattle-area city forced DUI suspects — mostly women — to strip naked in a holding cell to change into jail clothes. The women didn’t know a monitor seen by jailers — mostly male — was recording their nudity, reported King 5, the NBC affiliate in Seattle.
The lawsuit by 10 women and one man alleges that women were videotaped in their most private moments — changing and using the bathroom — while jailers had monitors to see it all. Since then, dozens of other people have contacted the law firm handling the suit to report similar experiences, King 5 reported.
The city of Puyallup maintains that the use of “industry-standard jail safety cameras” is routine and proper. “The standard practice is to have the inmate change into the jail uniform behind a curtain outside the direct view of any jail safety camera,” the city said.
Watch a news report on the case below.
The City of Puyallup said on the day that the lawsuit was filed that such filming in jails was a common industry standard and that they would not change the practice.