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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Strip-Searched in a D.C. Suburb

Aug 17, 2015

A cop strip-searched a 50-year- old black man in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Laurel police officer Alfie Acol stopped Allen Sergeant in his car in a CVS parking lot. The cop ordered Sergeant out of his car, frisked and searched him, unbuckled his belt, and pulled down his pants and underwear. A forced strip search in public view. This description was revealed in a Federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the Laurel police.

The lawsuit further states that this was done because Sergeant is black and was “driving with dreadlocks.” He was never arrested or charged with a crime. In fact, after the cop pulled down his pants and underpants and found nothing, Sergeant was told he could go.

Sergeant complained to the police the next day about the incident. The police department found that the officer had violated some departmental procedures and guidelines and they “disciplined” officer Acol.

Did they fire him? Or bring him up on charges? No. They say, “an internal investigation was conducted and appropriate action was taken.” What this really shows is that officer Acol’s actions were acceptable police procedures.

They are not, however, acceptable to reasonable human beings!