Why did armed officers raid a strip club and take photos?

Here's the latest episode of Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?!, produced by Ted Balaker.

San Diego's police chief has recently resigned amid a variety of sex-crime scandals involving his officers, including Christopher Hays, who faces felony charges for groping and illegally detaining women, and Anthony Arevalos who is serving time for his habit of demanding sexual favors from women he pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.

So it seems like an especially stupid time for SDPD to send ten armed officers to raid a local strip club and take photos of the dancers. Yet that's what the vice squad did earlier this month.

San Diego Police Department officers raided a Cheetahs strip club to bust any dancers who weren’t properly permitted.

"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 show of force, show of power was incredible."

The officers spent hours meticulously documenting all 30 dancers’ paperwork and bodies (with cameras, of course!).

"They made me feel like I was a gang member pretty much and they wanted to document every single one of my tattoos," said stripper Katelynn Delorie.

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  1. "demanding sexual favors from women he pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving." Otherwise known as sexual assault or rape...

  2. What is the "broader narrative" from a story about cops using bureaucratic excuses to raid strip clubs and take pictures of the women there?

    Reason is frequently more reasonable - and liberal - on issues of civil rights, criminal justice, and foreign policy than the leaders of the Democratic party. I disagree with them on other positions they hold regarding the proper role of government in society, but that doesn't mean they deserve to be ignored on all issues or that their philosophies should be grossly misrepresented.

  3. It somehow seems worse than sexual assault when it's a cop with a gun and the power to get paid vacation if he decides to kill you.

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