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A Baltimore man has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department after officers allegedly performed a cavity search on him in public, in the middle of the day, for no reason. Jermaine Lyons is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for battery, false arrest, false imprisonment and violations of the Maryland Declaration of Human Rights, according to the lawsuit, filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
Lyons alleges he was riding his bike May 3, 2013, on his way to Patterson Park when he stopped at a store in the 200 block of North Highland Avenue. Police officers approached him and asked for identification, which Lyons provided, according to the lawsuit. The officers then asked Lyons if he had any drugs on him, to which he responded he did not, the suit alleges.
Police then proceeded to pull down his pants, then his underwear "down to his knees," and spread his legs apart, the complaint states.
"The Defendant then proceeded to conduct a cavity search of the Plaintiff in the middle of [the] sidewalk, in full view of passersby," the complaint states.
Isaac Klein, Lyons' lawyer, said the officers did not "articulate probable cause" before searching Lyons, who was not charged in connection with the incident.