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Lawsuit says woman was illegally stripped naked in LaSalle County Jail

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The lawyer for a woman who claims she underwent an illegal strip search while under arrest in LaSalle County reportedly filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of four more people who say they experienced similar abuse at the jail.

The suit against LaSalle County, Sheriff Thomas Templeton and unknown sheriff’s officers claims three woman and one man were either forcibly stripped or made to take their clothes off and then made to stay in cells without bathrooms for several hours, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune. The suit claims they had to urinate and defecate in a drain on the floor of the cell, and in some cases, were not given toilet paper.

Just over a month ago, a similar suit was filed on behalf of Dana Holmes of Coal City, who alleged three men and a woman pulled her to the ground earlier this year, carried her into a cell, stripped her naked and walked out with her clothes. Holmes was under arrest for DUI at the time.

Footage from the jail shows deputies fingerprinting and photographing Holmes more than an hour after the strip search, covering her in only a blanket.

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