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Lawsuit claims CPD violated civil rights with alleged strip search

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The lawsuit filed today alleges Chicago police officers strip searched a group of friends out in public in search of drugs.

Their attorney says his clients were humiliated and had their civil rights violated.

"It was obviously some show of force by the police department to regain the streets, I guess," Attorney Michael Oppenheimer said.

Michael Oppenheimer says the incident happened on May 23rd last year in the 9000 block of South Laflin.

Police pulled Caprice Halley, Tevin Ford and Robert Douglas from their vehicle and were searched for drugs.

The lawsuit claims not only did officers search their vehicle, they also did strip searches, out in the open.

As can been seen in this amateur cell phone video, Robert Douglas was handcuffed outside of the car, he was taken to the side of a building where the suit claims he was handcuffed to a burglar bar on a window, and strip searched.

From there, the lawsuit says officers pulled down his pants and searched him.

Later, not shown on camera, Halley said she was taken behind a nearby church nearby where a female officer searched her.

"This poor woman was forced to pull down her pants, pull down her underwear and remove a tampon from her after she proclaimed that she was menstruating. Officers made jeering comments about her body parts and how good she looked as she was forced to do this, as 5 police officers looked on," Oppenheimer said.

We reached out to the Chicago Police Department about this story and they deferred comments to their legal department, who deferred right back to CPD.

No official comment has been made.

"This is something out of another era, perhaps from another country, it's not supposed to happen here in America, that's why we have the constitution. It's really not supposed to happen in Chicago," Oppenheimer said.

Two of the three plaintiffs faced possession of drug charges.

The attorney says the hope is for this civil lawsuit to spark an investigation by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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