CAUGHT ON TAPE: Female Prisoners Forced To Strip Naked & Use Toilet

Cyrus Massoumi

Although we’re rapidly being conditioned to having surveillance cameras track our every move, we still believe that there are certainly privacy zones that closed circuit cameras shouldn’t breach. High on the list are those areas where people – especially women – undress and use the toilet. That’s why eleven women (plus one man) are suing the Puyallup, Washington, police department.

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Women inmates sue because jail cameras caught them nude or using toilet (2)

According to the suit, it placed cameras in holding cells in which people pulled over on DUI charges changed clothes and used the prison toilet. Since the lawsuit was filed, almost two dozen more women have come forward to speak about their humiliating treatment.

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Women inmates sue because jail cameras caught them nude or using toilet (3)

James Egan, an attorney for the plaintiffs suing the police department, charges that women who had been arrested on DUI charges were directed into a cell that contained a bunk bed and a toilet. They were told that they should use that area to change into jail scrubs. They were not told that there was a surveillance camera in the cell. The women stripped down to their underwear to change and some of them used the toilet as well – and it was all caught on tape. Egan characterizes the hidden camera as “pervy.”

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Women inmates sue because jail cameras caught them nude or using toilet

Prison officials say that there is nothing out of the ordinary about having a surveillance camera in a “common area” – even if that area is used for changing and bathroom purposes. Puyallup’s City Attorney Kevin Yamamoto contends that Egan is just “trolling” for plaintiffs in order to make money. Experts on prison design, however, agree with Egan that they’ve never seen a surveillance camera hung over a toilet for people who’ve been arrested and haven’t even been officially charged.

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