Illinois state trooper accused of publicly strip-searching man during traffic stop

By Arturo Garcia
Thursday, April 17, 2014 17:16 EDT
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Illinois trooper accused of public strip-search [KMOV-TV]
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An Illinois state trooper was accused of aggravated battery for allegedly forcing a man to strip during a traffic stop and using a flashlight to “examine” him, KMOV-TV reported.

32-year-old Cory Alberson pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and was released from jail on a $20,000 bond. State police said he has been relieved of his duties with pay, pending an internal investigation and the case going to court.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that the suit against Alberson stems from a January encounter with Anthony Campbell in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Alberson allegedly pulled Campbell’s pants down without his consent, then “visually examined with a flashlight the buttocks of Anthony Campbell while holding his pants down.”

Neither Alberson’s lawyer, John O’Gara, nor Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly told the News-Democrat whether the standard-issue camera in Alberson’s vehicle recorded the traffic stop.

“We will fight this matter in court,” O’Gara was quoted as saying.

Watch KMOV’s report, as aired on Thursday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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