I think about all the people who have work permits from the government. Taxi Drivers, Contractors, Vendors, are some that come to mind here in San Diego. Do these people have to strip down and be detained for hours because their appearances frequently change? Trust me, those folks above have just as much crime around the more seedy elements of their profession. There was a criminal aspect on these “permit checks” that most have not seen. Below is an article that gives some thoughts on the issue.
In San Diego, adult entertainment establishments such as strip clubs must be licensed by the city. But police enforcement of the city’s licensing codes has led to egregious violations of the 4th Amendment’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The way San Diego handles adult entertainer licenses raises a separate line of questions about government overreach. Should a city government be telling owners of strip clubs, which are legal businesses, whom they can hire? The San Diego law says a dancer with a prostitution-related conviction in the previous five years can be denied a license. In addition, anyone applying for a license must “furnish … photographs as specified by the chief of police,” a description of themselves, documented proof that the applicant is at least 18 years old and five years of previous residential addresses. Applicants must also reveal whether they have had a similar license revoked by another jurisdiction in the previous five years.
Although the law says club owners must submit to spot inspections during which the dancers must produce a valid license, the law does not say police can detain and photograph licensed workers. In the lawsuit, the dancers accuse police officers of refusing to let them leave backstage areas until they had been photographed, and ordering the women “to expose body parts so that they could ostensibly photograph their tattoos.” Police officials have defended their actions as mandated by city codes. But there’s a big difference between a site inspection and the detention and forced photo sessions of semi-naked workers. San Diego needs to school its police in exactly what the laws they are enforcing say, and more significantly, in what protections its citizens enjoy under the 4th Amendment. No matter what kind of work the citizens do.
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