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Strippers suing San Diego over incident with police

SAN DIEGO (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A group of strippers are suing the City of San Diego, claiming police held dancers against their will.

Surveillance video captured the dancers lining up as officers photographed them and took their information down for a routine inspection back on March 6th.

The women claim the officers wouldn't let them leave the room as they checked their cards and photographed them.

They say officers went too far.

"I don't understand why I have to get my picture taken. I asked them if it was of my face and they said yes. So, I got up against the locker and was standing really far. She's taking a photo of my entire body," said dancer Brittany Murphy.

The police department's chief says she supports the officers' actions and says it is all part of police-regulated business.

Twenty-five dancers are suing the department. They're asking for more than $10,000 each.