TITLE

Black Woman Strip-Searched At Airport Joins Class-Action Lawsuit Against U.S. Customs

PUB. DATE
December 1998
SOURCE
Jet;12/21/98, Vol. 95 Issue 4, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Reports that Gwendolyn Richards was strip searched, X-rayed, and probed internally by a doctor, while returning to Chicago, Illinois from Jamaica, under suspicion that she was smuggling drugs. How she has recently joined a class-action civil rights lawsuit against the United States Customs Office, due to the fact that they had no reason to think she had drugs; The number of strip searches and X-rays ordered by US customs officers in 1997; 60 percent of the people being Black or Hispanic; The comments of Customs Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
ACCESSION #
1370387

 

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