5 sue city of Milwaukee for illegal strip searches

CREATED Jul. 11, 2013

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two civil lawsuits have been filed over illegal strip searches by Milwaukee police.

The lawsuits have been filed by five men who were among those who came forward during a criminal investigation into the searches. Four officers were charged as a result of the investigation. One officer, Michael Vagnini, has been sentenced to 26 months in prison. Charges against the three others are pending.

State law and Milwaukee Police Department policy prohibit police officers from doing cavity body searches under any circumstances. Such searches can be performed only by a doctor, physician's assistant or registered nurse.

The Journal Sentinel says the plaintiffs allege the illegal searches were allowed to continue without any retribution. The lawsuits do not demand a damage amount.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com