The parents of two girls allegedly strip searched by an off-duty Chicago police officer searching for a lighter have filed a federal lawsuit.
The parents of two girls allegedly strip searched by an off-duty Chicago police officer searching for a lighter have filed a federal lawsuit. The parents contend their 14-year-old daughters’ constitutional rights were violated when the female officer reached under their blouses and later ordered them to drop their pants and underwear. They contend the officer was looking for a lighter allegedly used by another student to set a fire. The lawsuit filed Thursday claims the mothers were never notified that their daughters were going to be searched after a small fire at ASPIRA Early College Charter High School in Chicago. The lawsuit names the nonprofit corporation that runs the school, the city of Chicago, the Chicago Board of Education and the unidentified officer. ______ Copyright 2009 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.