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Three Alabama Men Sue, Claim Cops Made Them Strip Down in Public

August 22, 1993

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) _ Three men claiming police forced them to pull their pants down in public during an illegal drug search filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Mobile.

Henry Stephens, Joseph McKinney and Levon Ely say officers held them at gunpoint for nearly an hour in August 1991, using offensive language while they handcuffed the men and searched Ely’s grandmother’s home.

″Each of the three were required to pull down their pants and underwear even though there was a female police officer among the defendant’s officers and women and children from the neighborhood watching,″ according to the lawsuit filed Friday.

No arrests were made in the search. City records show Stephens filed a claim for false arrest and public embarrassment in January 1992, saying officers searched without a warrant and made him disrobe in public. Police spokesman Tom Jennings referred questions to City Attorney John Lockett, who declined comment.

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