A federal jury in Seattle decided late Friday afternoon that the City of Olympia and police officer Amy King did not violate the civil rights of three Iraq War protesters who were ordered to strip to a single layer of clothing at the city jail after their arrests.
Olympia’s attorney, Donald Law, argued that the women did not expose their breasts to others.
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Larry Hildes, argued that their breasts were exposed because the single layer of clothing was semi-transparent, constituting an illegal strip search.
In general, strip searches are unconstitutional when people are arrested for minor offenses.
The plaintiffs and about 32 others were arrested at the Port of Olympia and brought to the Olympia City Jail on Nov. 13, 2007. They were part of what is known among protesters as a “women’s action” to prevent shipments of Stryker vehicles and other military cargo used in Iraq from leaving the port for then-Fort Lewis.