South Carolina Police Sued Over Roadside Cavity Search
The lawsuit claims Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon were improperly searched without reasonable cause during a traffic stop in 2014.By Matt Picht | April 2, 2016
Police officers in Aiken County, South Carolina, are facing a lawsuit for conducting a full cavity search during a traffic stop.
Aiken County residents Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon were pulled over in October 2014 after officers noticed their vehicle had temporary tags. After they learned that Pontoon had a criminal history that included drug charges, the police performed an exhaustive search of the vehicle.
According to the lawsuit, officers then conducted body searches of both Pontoon and Hicks, which according to the claim, involved exposing Hicks' breasts in broad daylight and an invasive cavity search of Pontoon. Nothing illegal was found during the stop, and both Hicks and Pontoon were released with a "courtesy warning."