Seattle attorney James Egan filed the suit Thursday, saying the suspects were recorded using the jail’s surveillance cameras and that attractive women seemed to be recorded more often than others. Many of the women did not know they were being recorded until Egan contacted them. According to KING 5, one of the women became suspicious when a jail guard pointed out she had not taken off her underwear as she was changing into a standard-issue jail uniform.
Egan said he became suspicious two years ago when two of his DUI suspects at the Puyallup jail were told to undress even though they were not booked and were about to be released, KING reported. The lawsuit includes eleven women and one man. Egan said the women were ordered to use the bathroom and change in cells where video cameras were present, while men were typically allowed to change behind a curtained area.
Redacted images from the surveillance cameras were also released Thursday. KIRO published the graphic images on its website.
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, a Puyallup police spokesman said the lawsuit is “completely meritless” and that officers are following “standard jail practices,” KIRO reported. Puyallup City Attorney Kevin Yamamoto told KING 5 Egan’s claims are “not true at all” and said Egan “cherrypicked” videos to support his claim.
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