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  • Woman taken to jail without her underwear loses suit against Portland police

    A federal jury unanimously found that two Portland police officers acted reasonably when they arrested a 47-year-old woman at her home and took her to jail even though she wasn't wearing any underwear or pants.

    The seven-member panel also sided with the city of Portland, finding that police’s entry into the home of Sherrie Sandau without a warrant was justified and didn’t violate her rights.

    Katelyn Oldham, an attorney for Sandau, said she plans to appeal, calling the verdict an “inappropriate decision.”

    Sandau, who was accused by her neighbor of making noise throughout the night, was arrested after an officer opened the front door to her home and pulled her out by the arm. The officer, John A. Wood, argued that Sandau's arm had come around the door to swipe at him.

    Sandau of Northeast Portland alleged that Wood and Christopher Cass violated her Fourth Amendment rights in the 2005 incident. Her suit sought as much as $750,000 in damages from the three defendants.

    "We're delighted and this is the verdict we always expected," said Bill Manlove, an attorney for the city and Cass.

    Although Cass remains with Portland police, Wood resigned in 2006 after pleading guilty to two counts of official misconduct. The charges stemmed from an incident in which Wood allegedly conducted a traffic stop and told the two women in the car to show him their underwear or he would write them up for driving while intoxicated. The city settled lawsuits from the two women in 2009 for a total of about $100,000.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/i...woman_who.html
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  • #2
    There has to be more to this, was she allowed to cover up with a towel at least before going out into public? I'm sure the jail facility would require all prisoners to be properly covered up.
    Life is what you make of it

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    • #3
      Six years after her arrest for disorderly conduct, Sherrie Sandau can still remember the coldness of the police car seat against her skin as she sat handcuffed and half-naked in the back of the car.

      She was wearing only a long tank top and a short undershirt -- the clothes she wore to bed the previous night, she told jurors in a quavering voice Wednesday. She was disoriented after having fallen from a ladder the previous day and she was confused why Portland police officers had pulled her out of her home and arrested her.

      But she recalled asking the police officer for clothing to cover her lower half. The officer said no, she testified. "So I asked him again with 'please.'" The answer did not change and she was taken to the jail without any pants or underwear.

      Although Sandau said she could not recall several aspects of the July 2005 encounter with police, she related the humiliation she felt. The incident was so painful she has difficulty leaving her home, she said.

      Sandau is pressing a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking $750,000 in damages against the two men, current Portland Officer Christopher Cass and former Portland officer John A. Wood, who resigned in 2006 after two official misconduct convictions. She also is suing the city over Wood's entering her home without a warrant.

      Sandau, who is now 53, trembled throughout her testimony. Her hand shook violently as she raised it to be sworn in and she sniffled repeatedly during her testimony.

      Dr. Saskia Hostetler Lippy, Sandau's psychiatrist, testified earlier that Sandau has post-traumatic stress disorder. She listed the criteria, noting how Sandau exhibits many symptoms -- uncontrollable shaking, nightmares and fear of leaving the house.

      Even a car door slamming causes her to run to a window, fearing that the police are coming for her again, Hostetler Lippy said.

      Sandau also said she won't sleep in her own bed, opting instead for the living room couch where she can "guard" the front door.

      Attorneys for the two men and the city contend that the officers did not immediately realize she was not wearing underwear and that their actions were reasonable. They were responding to a neighbor's complaint over noise and Sandau was belligerent, they said.

      They also noted that Sandau had been diagnosed and treated for panic attacks and depression four years before the arrest. She also suffered an aneurysm about 20 years ago and continues to deal with related issues that a psychiatrist said under cross-examination might cause some behavior changes.

      http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/i...tion_of_g.html
      Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
      Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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      • #4
        So was she violent toward the officers? What kind of noise was she making for them to enter her home?
        This story is so unclear on many things. She was being treated for panic attacks and depression for many years.
        Was she having a crazy moment at the time? If so why was no paramedics or guys in the white suits called in?

        Something is missing in the story, not sure what yet.
        Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Vorkon View Post
          Something is missing in the story, not sure what yet.
          A competent reporter.
          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Vorkon View Post
            So was she violent toward the officers? What kind of noise was she making for them to enter her home?
            This story is so unclear on many things. She was being treated for panic attacks and depression for many years.
            Was she having a crazy moment at the time? If so why was no paramedics or guys in the white suits called in?

            Something is missing in the story, not sure what yet.
            Common sense.
            Pete Malloy, "The only thing black and white about this job is the car."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Vorkon View Post
              So was she violent toward the officers? What kind of noise was she making for them to enter her home?
              This story is so unclear on many things. She was being treated for panic attacks and depression for many years.
              Was she having a crazy moment at the time? If so why was no paramedics or guys in the white suits called in?

              Something is missing in the story, not sure what yet.
              Her panties?

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              • #8
                Find her some britches before you leave the scene and problem solved.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DAL View Post
                  Six years after her arrest for disorderly conduct, Sherrie Sandau can still remember the coldness of the police car seat against her skin as she sat handcuffed and half-naked in the back of the car.

                  She was wearing only a long tank top and a short undershirt -- the clothes she wore to bed the previous night, she told jurors in a quavering voice Wednesday. She was disoriented after having fallen from a ladder the previous day and she was confused why Portland police officers had pulled her out of her home and arrested her.

                  But she recalled asking the police officer for clothing to cover her lower half. The officer said no, she testified. "So I asked him again with 'please.'" The answer did not change and she was taken to the jail without any pants or underwear.

                  Although Sandau said she could not recall several aspects of the July 2005 encounter with police, she related the humiliation she felt. The incident was so painful she has difficulty leaving her home, she said.

                  Sandau is pressing a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking $750,000 in damages against the two men, current Portland Officer Christopher Cass and former Portland officer John A. Wood, who resigned in 2006 after two official misconduct convictions. She also is suing the city over Wood's entering her home without a warrant.

                  Sandau, who is now 53, trembled throughout her testimony. Her hand shook violently as she raised it to be sworn in and she sniffled repeatedly during her testimony.

                  Dr. Saskia Hostetler Lippy, Sandau's psychiatrist, testified earlier that Sandau has post-traumatic stress disorder. She listed the criteria, noting how Sandau exhibits many symptoms -- uncontrollable shaking, nightmares and fear of leaving the house.

                  Even a car door slamming causes her to run to a window, fearing that the police are coming for her again, Hostetler Lippy said.

                  Sandau also said she won't sleep in her own bed, opting instead for the living room couch where she can "guard" the front door.

                  Attorneys for the two men and the city contend that the officers did not immediately realize she was not wearing underwear and that their actions were reasonable. They were responding to a neighbor's complaint over noise and Sandau was belligerent, they said.

                  They also noted that Sandau had been diagnosed and treated for panic attacks and depression four years before the arrest. She also suffered an aneurysm about 20 years ago and continues to deal with related issues that a psychiatrist said under cross-examination might cause some behavior changes.

                  http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/i...tion_of_g.html
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                  • #10
                    I'm just saying I feel for the next bastar- who has to sit back there.. (not really)
                    MDRDEP:

                    There are no stupid questions, but there sure are a lot of inquisitive idiots.

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