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Second Strip-and-Freeze Suit Hits Courts

Saturday, September 6, 2003

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(WOMENSENEWS)--Deborah Flick, 39, a student teacher, on Wednesday charged the city of San Francisco and its police and sheriff's departments with strip-searching and jailing her in a so-called cold room without any criminal charges filed against her, according to Bay City News.

She says she was arrested in March and forcibly strip-searched twice after she refused to consent to a search.

The charges follow an April lawsuit by anti-logging protester Mary Bull claiming she was illegally strip-searched and kept nude overnight in a cold cell last November.

Attorneys for the two women are seeking to have the two lawsuits consolidated and certified as a class-action case on behalf of all arrestees who are illegally searched or jailed in cold rooms.

A hearing on whether to grant class-action status is scheduled before a federal judge in San Francisco next March.

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