As reported by the Baltimore Sun today, on March 1, 2010, a Baltimore City jury awarded more than $123,000 to two women illegally stripped searched at a Brooklyn bar after Baltimore Police Sgt. Allen Adkins allegedly falsefied evidence to make it appear as if the women were dealing drugs out of the bar. A multi-count lawsuit was filed by Jennell and Shaketa Causey alleging false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, battery, negligence and other civil violations. Jennell Causey was awarded $90,000. Her sister, Shaketa, received $34,000.
The two women were strip searched and charged with drug possesion with intent to distribute. Drugs were allegedly found during the search of a sufficient quantity to generate criminal charges. Those charges were later dropped by the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, after it determined Sgt. Adkins’ account of the incident was deemed untrustworthy.
Plaintiffs’ counsel was Richard Winelander.