Case: Beaudoin v. County of Los Angeles

01-250991 | California state trial court

Filed Date: June 22, 2001

Closed Date: 2002

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Case Summary

We have no court filings from this case. However, news accounts indicate that this case is one of a series of individual and class action lawsuits filed in federal and state courts in California beginning in 1997 and challenging various alleged policies and/or practices of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). The challenged policies included: 1) overdetentions; 2) strip and visual body cavity searches; and 3) wrong warrant arrests and detentions. See e.g. Musso v. County of L.…

We have no court filings from this case. However, news accounts indicate that this case is one of a series of individual and class action lawsuits filed in federal and state courts in California beginning in 1997 and challenging various alleged policies and/or practices of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). The challenged policies included: 1) overdetentions; 2) strip and visual body cavity searches; and 3) wrong warrant arrests and detentions. See e.g. Musso v. County of L.A., JC-CA-21, and Williams v. County of L.S., JC-CA-33.

This case involved an allegedly unlawful strip search conducted at Twin Towers Correctional Facility. In December 2000, Plaintiff, Brandi Beaudoin, was arrested on a warrant for driving with a suspended license. While being booked at Lomita Station, Plaintiff informed LASD officers that she was six months pregnant. Because of her pregnancy, the officers determined that Plaintiff should be transferred to the Twin Towers facility so that medical staff could evaluate her condition. Plaintiff's husband posted a bond for her release, but the documentation for this release was not received until after Plaintiff was transferred to Twin Towers. After arriving at Twin Towers, but prior to being placed in the general population, Plaintiff was subjected to a strip and visual body cavity search. Plaintiff spent the night in jail and was released early the following morning.

A week after her release, Plaintiff twice went into premature labor, requiring medical attention. In 2001, Plaintiff filed an individual civil suit in state court, alleging that the strip search was conducted in violation of state law and ultimately caused her premature labor. Discovery commenced but, in June 2002, the County agreed to settle Plaintiff's claims for $150,000.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (1/22/2008)

Related Cases

L.A. County Sheriff's Department (Kolts Report and Implementation), No Court (1992)

People


Judge(s)

Hoffman, Marilyn (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ellison, Ellen Hammill (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Allen, Michael D. (California)

Judge(s)

Hoffman, Marilyn (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ellison, Ellen Hammill (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Allen, Michael D. (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Aug. 19, 2002 Docket

Docket

Last updated May 13, 2022

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Strip Search Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 22, 2001

Closing Date: 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Pregnant individual was arrested for traffic warrants, taken to Twin Towers, subjected to a strip search and visual body cavity inspection.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

County of Los Angeles (Los Angeles), County

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (Los Angeles), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Issues

General:

Over/Unlawful Detention

Search policies

Strip search policy

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run