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A report from the Chicago Tribune surfaced around 7AM this morning detailing a lawsuit against LaSalle County by a 33-woman who claims 4 deputies at the LaSalle County Jail "violated her civil rights" and "caused her emotional harm by stripping her naked without legal justification for such a search."
According to the Chicago Tribune, 33-year-old Dana Holmes was arrested on May 18th and charged with DUI. She was taken by Marseilles police to the LaSalle County Jail.
The Tribune received a video from Holmes' attorneys which shows 4 deputies at the LaSalle County Jail -3 male and 1 female – pull Holmes to the ground, forcibly remove her clothes, and leave her in a cell. A deputy tossed in a pile of blankets after a few minutes.
Holmes lives in Coal City and claims the deputies had no legal justification for stripping her naked.
The Tribune article states that according to the written incident report filed by the sheriff's officers, "Holmes was uncooperative while be searched" and "tried to kick (the officers) with both legs during the pat-down."
LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton commented on the report saying, as far as he knows, the case is "pending" and "being handled by our civil division." Sheriff Templeton said he cannot comment on pending cases.
The LaSalle County Jail also said they cannot comment on the case at this time and the LaSalle County State's Attorney was unable to be reached for comment and did not return a call by air time.
Link to the full article.
Aritcle updated at 12:34PM 10/1/2013
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