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San Diego police raid strip club, photograph strippers as part of "regulatory operation"

by Matt Mendez | 10News San Diego

SAN DIEGO - A manager at Cheetahs strip club says his dancers felt violated by police who photographed them almost nude.

The mood at the strip club in Kearny Mesa quickly turned intense Thursday night when 10 officers swarmed the building with guns and bulletproof vests, interrupting business for a couple of hours.

"I didn't know if it was a bank robbery or serial killer on the loose the way they had come in like that," said manager Rich Buonantony.

The detectives showed up to make sure all 30 dancers had proper permits and were in compliance. Surveillance video shows the women lined up and officers taking down their information.

"They asked us for our licenses and then took down our Social Security and had us line up in the back of the dressing rooms and take pictures," said stripper Katelynn Delorie.


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Wow! I feel much safer now...

that the police are asking strippers for their papers.

Could you imagine going to a club and a stripper was dancing illegally? I mean this country would go down fast if we let that happen.

Similar, but sadly tame compared to a Florida incident

Where 20 male cops raided a strip club, and strip searched the dancers as well as the female bartenders:


wow... they only got 5000 each?

They should have gone to court w/a jury trial!!! THEY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT!

(here is a short snippet of that article)

Judge: Strip-search of exotic dancers illegal
May 14, 2013|South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Four exotic dancers and and two female bartenders won a $195,000 settlement from Daytona Beach Shores after a judge ruled the cops shouldn't have strip-searched the strippers during a drug raid at Biggins Gentleman's Club, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The female employees were strip-searched in a room in front of 20 male officers and the city's public safety director.

No kidding. The only thing that amazes me more

Than the severity of these outrages is the willingness of the victims to settle for pennies.


Is blatantly wrong. I have lived in San Diego my entire life and although I have not had the pleasure of visiting this establishment, the entire story creeps me out. Why would the Police department be doing compliance checks?? And what is a Vice Unit?? Walking around policing individual's vices?? Pictures and whether they felt violated aside, why was this allowed? To storm a private business, shut it down and force compliance checks. This straight creeps me out and is WRONG WRONG WRONG.

But are you surprised?

I'm a San Diego ex-pat, and my experience with the SDPD over a 10 year span was nothing short of racist intimidation and harassment. Considering that I spent many years growing up in the deep south as a minority, that's saying a whole helluva lot.

When you say expatriate, do you mean

From the US, or just San Diego?


Sorry to hear that. And sadly, I am absolutely not surprised. But I am surprised of the shear balls of having a "Vice Unit". It's like, who exactly chooses what and what is not considered a "Vice". Arbitrary reasoning for a seemingly very serious violation of private property rights. Good to know someone got out of this area, it's getting BAD!

Would it be okay for the SWAT team to shut down a restaurant

for two hours during dinner to verify employee food safety training certificates and request their social security numbers?

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

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Good point.

No. It wouldn't.

Not in the America I know.

Or knew.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts

"or knew"

That's the current state of affairs in this country, I'm afraid to say.


Probably would be ok with the cops.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

Okay, I'm not defending the

Okay, I'm not defending the cops, but the dancers said they felt violated because they were photographed in the nude?!?! Does anybody else see the irony in that? That is their chosen job, to be nude in front of other people.

Again, I'm not defending the cops, but these strippers lack credibility behind their claims.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

okay...perhaps the downvoters

okay...perhaps the downvoters missed my two sentences stating I'm not defending the cops. I get it, you love your strippers. I have no problem with strippers...I've even dated a few. I just got a good chuckle by the statement that they felt violated for being photographed in the nude. Guess you all have no sense of humor. Lorne Michaels recently said liberals have no sense of humor.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

I get it. It is good for a chuckle I guess, but it's like saying

That if somebody likes sex they shouldn't have a problem being raped. One is their choice, the other is not . They choose to get nekid for guys (or gals) that pay them. Obviously they are not ok with cops forcing them to take pictures for free.

I'd rather have a bottle in front o' me than a frontal lobotomy

I do believe, as you alluded

I do believe, as you alluded to, that they were "not ok with cops" taking pictures for free. I'm sure they would have been fine if the cops were paying. It's their marketplace; they're selling their "goods".

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

This is not a legit

This is not a legit comparison to rape.

"Villains wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue." - Washington Irvin

Any thoughts from yourself,


I'm glad you posted this story as it seems to violate certain rights that even Strip Clubs have, but what's your take on the matter?

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.