Lawsuits allege routine strip searches by Ga. cops

City has paid nearly $1 million to settle recent claims, states conduct was by individual officers and not agency policy or practice


By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — Atlanta police don't routinely conduct roadside strip searches on suspects, despite the city's decision in March to spend $1 million to settle several lawsuits from plaintiffs who complained about such examinations, city attorneys said.

In a recently filed response to yet another suit over the controversial searches, the city's lawyers denied that there was a common and well-known practice of APD officers conducting public strip searches, including body cavities.

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