Who’s The Criminal? Illinois Police Strip DUI Suspect, Leave Her Naked In Cell

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A Chicago woman busted on suspicion of driving under the influence in LaSalle County, Ill., is suing the sheriff’s office for an incident recorded by a surveillance camera: Four cops (three men and one woman) forcibly stripped her naked, threw her to the ground and then tossed her into a padded cell, where they left her without clothing — not even underwear.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8umpROhBjo

The victim, 33-year-old Dana Holmes, shows no sign of resisting police at any time during the video, although the police indicated in the incident report that she had attempted to kick them.

While being held against the wall, the still-clothed Holmes underwent a pat-down search with her arms and legs spread. The melee began (around 4:10 in the video) as the female deputy conducting the search inspected Holmes’ feet. Holmes moved her leg ever so slightly as the officer search her lower body, and that motion apparently set off the four deputies.

“I did not kick,” Holmes told the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t know if I lost my balance or what happened, but I wasn’t being combative at all.”

Holmes, whose blood alcohol level was reportedly far above the legal limit when she was arrested by a municipal police patrol, said her infraction doesn’t justify the actions of the county deputies who booked her into the jail, and that the way the cops had treated her made her fear they would return to the cell where she was being held and sexually abuse her.

“I was actually afraid they might come in and try to rape me. I wasn’t sure. I just had all kinds of things going on in my head,” she said. “…There’s a lot of people that get DUIs, a lot of people that just make mistakes in life. That still doesn’t give them a reason to do what they did. My dignity is worth more than that, and other people’s too.”

The incident happened in May, but the release of the video has brought national attention to the case. Holmes has never contested the DUI charge; she pleaded guilty in July and has no prior criminal record in her home county. She is suing the sheriff’s office for violating her civil rights and causing emotional distress. Her attorney, Terry Ekl, is also hoping the deputies involved will be charged with official misconduct. “It’s not only a violation of her civil rights. It’s also a crime,” he told the Tribune.

The municipal police who arrested Holmes had already searched her once. When they handed her over to the county, the deputies threatened to remove her belly button ring with pliers, according to Ekl.

Illinois law permits a strip search only if police have a “reasonable belief” that a suspect is concealing a weapon or contraband on their person, and the law doesn’t allow anyone who isn’t conducting the search to watch. An officer of the opposite sex cannot participate in a strip search.

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  • Anthony Clay

    crazy we have a police state, they threw her off balance then used it as a axcuse to get there rocks off stripping her naked

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      These cops…if you can call them that…ARE MORE LIKE SEXUAL PREDATORS AND PERVERTS…

  • JimH

    Bully’s with badges.

  • Dee

    Remind me again what country I’m living in? I hope these rogue cops get sent to prison for what they did to this woman!

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Nazi Germany…the Old USSR…and the list goes on…

      • Vis Fac

        We now reside in the USSA (usurped socialist states of america) NOT CAPITALIZED as we are no linger America. Where freedom and liberty are now a fond memory and the police state reigns supreme.

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          AGREED…

  • rbrooks

    this has been going on for several decades. it is the result of all of those tough on crime conservative christian politicians you keep electing.

    • CatGman

      This is the kind of thing that happens when “above the law” leftists are elected.

      • rbrooks

        above the law is a gop policy.

        • S.C.Murf

          Like the DC cops yesterday, killed that poor mixed up Black Woman. Where’s the outrage? (you fat a$$)

          up the hill
          airborne

          • independent thinker

            If you or I had legitimately shot at the car to stop her we would have been charged with endangering a minor even though we didn’t know the child was in the car. The cops knew or should have known the child was there since they had the car surrounded by several officers yet they will never be charged.

        • Vis Fac

          Tell that to Yuck Holder – Hillaryous Clinton – Harry Reid Nancy Piglosi and let’s not forget the king of criminals ODUMBO himself.
          rbrooks you are a liberal shill and resident dummy!

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            the conservatives you worship are all gods, eh.

            you never served in the u.s. military.

          • Vis Fac

            I suppose you haven’t viewed my Avatar to find out what Force Recon is or what branch of service it is connected with I suppose you wouldn’t recognize the Eagle Globe and Anchor either.

            Answering you is like peeing in a swimming pool you are so full of water any additional chemicals (in this case information) would be diluted and go unnoticed.

            You are the epitome of liberal one dimensional indoctrination dumbed down to the point of dependence on lame stream media too stupid to offer lucid comment and as dense and dangerous as Hg or Pb.

            There is no hope for you you are destined to being eternally stupid and live in squaller. May God have mercy on your pathetic soul!!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            you can put up any avatar you want. does not mean you ever served in the u.s. military.

            you do have that old prussian attitude.

          • Vis Fac

            You and I both know you are on a fishing expedition. You are also well aware that I indeed served You are so flaky you wouldn’t be considered admission to the Cub Scouts let alone an Honorable institution as our armed forces, and this is what has your panties in a twist.

            A limp wristed pathetic little maggot like you has nothing to comment on your attitude suggests a superiority only you over compensate because you are impotent.

            You have no justification to label me or anyone else who served our nation because you are a COWARD and nothing more. even if you were fit to serve you wouldn’t because you are too selfish and cowardly to do so.

            As you sit in your anonymous state of vegetation you wonder what it would be like to be a real man instead of the wimp you turned out to be. This makes you mad so you abase those who you feel threatened by.

            Grow a pair and man up you little fairy.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            the only thing fishy is your story. the german immigrant who fled in the early 40’s to this country and then served in the u.s. military.

            that prussion attitude does say a lot about you. which death camp did you administer? was it personal for you. did you enjoy your work.

          • Vis Fac

            You’re just mad because you are IMPOTENT. Try to get over it. You’ll live longer if you do!!

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            so you did enjoy working the gas chambers and the ovens.

            figures.

          • Vis Fac

            Yes I use my personal gas chamber often I use it to roast Geese Turkeys Chicken and Beef My wife uses it to bake as well. Would you like to inspect my gas chamber?

            Being young and stupid does not excuse you from being looked upon as an idiot for one must work hard at being one. Unfortunately we have to put up with morons like you in our society who think they know everything yet don’t know anything of importance.

            I believe you are a masochist and really must enjoy exhibiting your impotency for all the world to see because you do that each time you post.

            This is what happens when you ascribe to liberal one dimensional idiot-ology you run out of lies to support your position so like the Sheeple liberals are resort to using pejoratives and character assassination and assigning labels.

            Pity the fools like you.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Semper-Fi

          • rbrooks

            you continue to show your prussian attitude by using pejoratives, character assassination and assigning labels.

            Being young and stupid does not excuse you from being looked upon as an idiot for one must work hard at being one. you have to work at being this stupid? i thought it was your genetics.

            I believe you are a masochist and really must enjoy exhibiting your impotency for all the world to see because you do that each time you post. your idiotic replies make it all worthwhile.

            the great thing about you looney fanatics, is that you never run out of lies. your whole premise is based on a flawed belief system.

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        STARTING WITH THE CRIMINAL IN THE WHITE HOUSE…

    • wandamurline

      In Illinois….you got to be kidding. Take your trolling somewhere else.

    • S.C.Murf

      Are you in study hall right now rbrooks? Don’ let the teacher catch you she’ll take away your snack, wouldn’t hurt you though, taking off a few pounds actually is good for the heart (fat a$$)

      up the hill
      airborne

      • rbrooks

        still playing your video war games.

        i do like your posts. it continues to show the numerous viewers how truly ignorant you are.

    • GreatAmericanWoman

      that’s an ignorant comment

      • Chester

        Hardly ignorant when it is the truth. Like it or not, conservatives pushed as hard, if not harder, for all these “tough on crime” laws that only make it easier to toss you in the slammer, and easier for someone to justify a full body search, including body cavities.

        • Joel Farrell

          So Christians are responsible for criminal police brutality. That is laughable… ha ha ha.

          • Chester

            Not ALL Christians, just those who believe only in the Old Testament, NOT what Christ had to say on things. It seems that the Tea Party types tend to follow that same line of thought, until it affects them.

        • Vis Fac

          Chester the molester another paid liberal shill either that just plain dumbed down by one dimensional liberal indoctrination camp. AKA public schools.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

          • Chester

            fArce RAccoon, wouldn’t an honest Marine if one ran up and bit him. Wish I was being paid by someone, but people like you make this fun without any help from either side.

      • Vis Fac

        No that’s a liberal comment propagated by liberal one dimensional idiot-ology.

        rbrooks is a pain liberal shill. “He doesn’t think” – think we know who and what he is but his actions demeanor and words speak volumes

        Libertas inaestimabilis res est
        Semper-Fi

  • dan

    statutory rape…where are the feminists…crickets
    where are the politicians decrying abuse….crickets
    where is the community outrage and demands for justice ….
    just more crickets because we have allowed this to become the new-normal
    in the Brave New Police State

  • Rick Griffin

    Does she not have any menfolk ? These pigs need to be sniped for what they did ! They are no better than the Taliban ! Oh I forgot we are talking about Chicago -hometown of the muslim leader. My mistake.

    • ted

      Snip them, snipe their families, and snipe any media and politicians that cry about them.

  • Shorty Stuff

    Too bad she isn’t black. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been all over this like white on rice. These so-called cops were standing close by during the search just waiting for one little move as an excuse to strip search her. She should have been patted down before getting into the back seat of their cruiser. Every one of the lowlifes in that room should be fired without benefits and thrown in prison for violation her civil rights.

    • YourAntithesis

      I agree with all of your statement except where you say JJ/AS would be all over it because they’re only all over it when it serves their agenda (hate mongering against whites/non-blacks/race-baiting). Have they said anything about yesterday’s shooting of a black, unarmed female in D.C.? Hell no, because they don’t wanna make the Prez and his democrat minions look bad after Reid and that other fool just praised the cops and everyone stood up and applauded for quite some time, to show their appreciation for the cops that “put their lives on the line” by shooting and killing a black, unarmed female with a 1-year-old in the back seat.

    • Vis Fac

      How’s about stripping all of them and throw them in a padded cell naked recorded and played back to everyone else?
      “What’s good for the goose”

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Bill Piner

    IN CHICAGO THEY NEED TO GO AFTER THE GANGS THAT KILL OVER 400 KIDS A YEAR , BUT DRUNKS ARE EASIER TO CATCH. BUT USUAL THEY GIVE THEM COVERALLS TO WEAR. THIS MAKES NO SENSE
    .

  • Briylaln

    This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats, this is about some cops that acted like nothing but thugs. After viewing the video, I honestly believe that if this wasn’t at the police station, they would have gang raped her. These so-called police officers should be jailed, convicted and serve time. After release, they should never again be able to hold a job as a police officer or even as a security guard. These cops are scum, pure and simple.

  • IBCAMN

    funny thing,the cops watch her lift up her left leg while being searched,and they know she’s gonna pick up her right leg for the search!so why jump on someone who is cooperating?because cops are trained to see us as the enemy!watch the video,they were already in place to tackle her,they just needed an excuse.her moving gave them one to do what they alreadt wanted to do!the lady cop didn’t even flinch when they jumped her,she already knew what the other cops were gonna do!iv’e seen it before with cops!.it’s kinda like when people say”if he so much as blinks wrong,we grab him!”,something to that effect!
    to them,we are suppose to be unruley and combative,they don’t know what to do when were not!so this is what they do!all these officers should know how to handle this,but sadly,they don’t anymore.a police state handles things this way!
    all cops involved should be disaplined but you know they won’t and will do it again and again!all cops are corrupt and it will get worse,welcome to Amerika,USSA.

    • Vis Fac

      Thug cops are out of control. I have seen many videos of a calm citizen being pushed and shoved by a cop to illicit a response from the citizen when it happens that are on the citizen like flies on scat. One only needs to “touch a cop to be manhandled beaten and arrested apparently the cops can assault you all they wish.

      I have posted the following previously it is always worth while reading perhaps if enough people sue the individual officers and make them bear the cost of their own defense things might change.

      The point of this isn’t to judge whether cops are justified in doing what they do. This article has nothing to do with police training. And this isn’t just about American cops. This is about the perception that we, the public, have of you when you perform the following actions. It doesn’t matter if you disagree with these perceptions, because right or wrong, they exist. The point of this posting is to simply let you know that we’re watching, and this is how we see things.

      1. When ten of you show up to make one arrest, it makes you look
      like cowards. On my way home from a bike ride, I saw three arrests being made in under an hour in a relatively safe part of the city. At one of the incidents, eight police cruisers responded to make one
      arrest. The guy who was arrested was ejected for being too drunk in a bar. Just one guy and he was drunk. He had a stupid moustache, hadn’t hurt anyone and was drunkenly walking home when he was tased and tackled by 3 cops before 6 police cruisers showed up in addition to the two that were there, for a total of 8 cruisers and 10 cops. The man was unarmed. How much backup do you need? It’s one
      guy. If you can’t handle one drunk guy by yourself, you shouldn’t be a cop. Training tells you otherwise? Well stop being trained by sissies.

      2. When you tase somebody who IS NOT trying to escape, it makes you look like lazy cowards. A taser IS NOT a remote-control for
      people. Want to talk to someone? Then walk over to them and talk. Don’t tase them and expect them to cooperate. Also, when someone is being tased and is writhing in cardiac arrest on the ground, they aren’t “resisting arrest” by not getting on their knees and neatly kowtowing to your demands. They’re incapacitated. You look like idiots barking orders at them when they can’t move.

      Being a cop has certain risks associated with it. If you aren’t comfortable with those risks, don’t take the job. Always trying to minimize your risk of injury at the expense of others by being a taser-happy lunatic makes you look like lazy sissies. Tasing everyone you see because they might pose a risk to you is like spraying everything with a fire extinguisher so it doesn’t catch fire. Part of the problem might be that many cops are overweight and out of shape. If you
      fatsos can’t chase someone down, then you shouldn’t be cops. Studies have shown that not being a lardo is just as effective as using a taser.

      3. When you set up speed traps, it makes you look like you don’t have anything better to do. I get happy every time I see a speed trap, because I assume it means all criminals have been locked up, you’ve caught the guys who broke into my car on three separate occasions and my stolen property will be returned shortly, right idiots? Good job guys, take a break and make some scratch for the city.

      Because why the hell else would you be sitting on your butt in a ditch if that wasn’t the case? People who speed are awesome. The
      last thing this world needs is more slow drivers. Traffic jams occur because of idiots braking prematurely.

      And when you pull people over, how about doing it in a place that doesn’t obstruct traffic? You know what’s just as “unsafe” as speeding?
      Having to swerve into another lane because your stupid car is blocking traffic. Every time I pass another cruiser parked in two lanes, backing up traffic for miles, it makes me literally punch myself in the jaw until I pass out.

      4. When you give out imbecilic tickets for rolling through stop-signs at 3 AM, or closing down lemonade stands, it makes us think you’re morons.

      We know that “the law is the law.” We also know that you’re not instruction-executing robotic automatons. When you harass us with nonsensical fees and fines, it makes us question your judgment. We know that this kind of trash is all about the money.

      Remember that case in Florida where a pair of LEOs closed down a lemonade stand operated by a 6 and 9 year old girls, because they didn’t have a permit?

      The legal age for entering into contract in the United States is 18. So that effort to charge them fees by making them apply for a permit is Illegal. Law is the law, right? Arrest yourselves. And speaking of nepotism…

      5. We know you guys use the buddy system to get out of speeding tickets. And it infuriates us to no end.

      Cops have a code that basically amounts to always letting fellow cops go. When a cop pulls over an off-duty officer, the officer who was pulled over discreetly flashes his badge to let him know that he’s on the force, and he’s simply let go. You think we don’t know what’s going on, jerk-wads? It’s a courtesy not extended to anyone else, lest the officer is having a particularly good day and isn’t PMS-ing all over the highway.

      Sometimes you write tickets for going 1Mile over the speed limit, sometimes it’s 10 Miles over. Then when you get called on doing something stupid like writing a ticket to someone for a law that shouldn’t be enforced and rarely is (like jay-walking in New York), you hide behind your tired mantra that it’s the law and that you have to be consistent. Except when you aren’t.

      6. When you flash your lights just to get through intersections, you look like scumbags. I’ve followed cops who’ve done this, only to see them park their cruisers for coffee or lunch. And speaking of lunch…

      7. When you park in a red zone to eat, it makes you look like lazy scumbags. The argument can be made that police officers need to be near their cruisers at all times in case of an emergency. Fine, but that doesn’t entitle you to eat at the most popular restaurants. If you want to eat at some trendy restaurant, park at a meter and pay, like everyone else. Can’t find a meter? Tough luck, go someplace else. Doctors, surgeons, rescue workers and security all have important jobs where people’s lives are at stake, and you don’t see their cars popped up on the curb, obstructing traffic and parked illegally so they can fill their fat faces with lunch. We know you’ll never get written a ticket (see #5),
      it infuriates us, and it makes us trust you less, and cooperate less.

      Now this is the part where I say “I know that police officers have a tough job,” but they don’t. Being a cop isn’t hard, it’s dangerous. There’s a difference. Being an engineer, teacher or airline pilot is hard. Being a logger, deep sea crab fisher, coal miner or firefighter is hard and dangerous. Being a cop is dangerous, but usually not hard. Driving around, issuing moronic tickets and filling out paperwork isn’t hard, it’s annoying.

      This is also the part where I say “now I know that most cops are good,” but I don’t. I only know two cops in real life, and they’re both awesome, but so is anyone I choose to call my friend. Most cops I see abuse their power every day by parking illegally, talking on their cell phones while driving, drifting in and out of lanes without turn signals, flashing their lights to get out of intersections and power tripping like crazy. If you’re a cop who’s reading this, rather than being butt-hurt by people’s perceptions of you, do something to change it. Write a fellow officer a ticket. Stick your neck out for us, rather than your colleague for a change. Do the right thing. We notice.

      And as for us: record cops. Record them all the time. Record them even if they’re not doing anything. Cops are cracking down on this and they’re trying to change the laws to make it illegal so they can’t be held accountable for breaking the law. They look up your plates every time they’re behind you at a stop, even if you haven’t done anything, just to check up on you. It’s time we started checking up on them. Who watches the watchers, if you will.

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

      • Devlin

        The real point is, they shouldn’t had stripped her naked period in front of other male officers.

        • Vis Fac

          They had not reason to even touch her as she was frisked in the field prior to being transported to the police station. Since cops at the station are bored sitting on their A$$es they needed the entertainment. I can thing of several entertaining scenarios they should be subjected to.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Semper-Fi

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    I hope she win the Lawsuit against these THUG COPS…

  • JimH

    Let’s take her in a room that has a camera and forcefully remove her clothes.
    If stupidity was a crime, that could also be added to the list of charges.