This is definitely hard to watch. I just want to add some insight into this from my time as a Corrections Officer a while back. If someone came into the jail for ANY reason and illegal drugs were found on them, they were strip searched no matter how they felt about it. And yes, sometimes they would not wilfully comply and were subsequently pinned down kicking and screaming while their clothes were removed. The policy was, however, that officers of the same gender would do the strip search. The only exception would be if the female was very large and out of control and the female staff felt they couldn't handle the person. Under those cricumstances, male officers could assist but were there only to restrain and the female officers removed the suspect's clothing.
If someone was brought into the jail for ANY reason and made even the slightest mention of suicide, then they were required to remove all of their clothing and were required to wear a "suicide suit" which looked like a large, heavyweight cotton gown that would not allow them to use any part of it to possibly hang or otherwise harm themselves. This was done for the suspect's safety as well as for liability purposes. And again, if they refused, their clothes were removed for them.
Watching the video left me disturbed and with a lot of questions, just like most of you. Why was she arrested? Did she get arrested for giving a false ID to the officer or for something else? This wasn't explained fully. Why was she strip searched in the first place? Is this standard procedure at this jail or did she actually threaten suicide? Was she just being brutalized by officers who were dumb enough to do it while filming themselves in the act, or were they removing her clothes due to a suicide threat after she refused to do it herself? That wasn't explained. Why were male officers participating in the strip search? Was it gross negligence or was the female officer maybe the only female on duty at the jail that day and didn't feel comfortable doing a strip search on a lady who was that upset? That was not explained. Why was the lady allegedly placed nude into a cell and had to use toilet paper to cover herself? Did this really happen or was this what SHE says happened? Did she maybe remove her suicide suit and refuse to put it back on? That wasn't explained either.
Everything we're hearing and seeing now is only what the media is presenting to us. I'm very interested to know the truth and may actually FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) the whole investigation after it's done to see if this is what really happened. I'd really like to see the whole video and not just selected clips that the media put on TV.
If these people held this lady down and did these things to her with no justification, then they deserve to at least lose their jobs. If they sexaully assaulted her in any way, then they themselves need to go to jail. I'm just gonna wait for this whole thing to be investigated though before I fly off the handle based on what I've seen so far and demand that these officers lose their jobs.