Atlanta Council Panel OKs Strip Search Settlement

11:36 AM, Jul 27, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta City Council's public safety committee has voted to approve a $200,000 settlement for two men who say they were inappropriately strip searched by Atlanta police officers.

The entire Council will vote next week on the settlement approved by the committee Tuesday night.

The two men, Sean Venegas and Brian Kidd, alleged misconduct by officers during a traffic stop in June 2010.

WSB-TV reports that Kidd says members of the Red Dog unit pulled over Venegas' vehicle and forced Venegas to pull down his pants while they looked for drugs. Kidd says an officer also reached down his pants to search for drugs.

Two officers were given letters of reprimand after an internal affairs investigation.

The Red Dog unit has since been disbanded.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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