Cherry Hill woman says police videotaped her in bathroom
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
A Cherry Hill woman is filing a federal lawsuit against township authorities after lawyers discovered that police video-taped her in the bathroom. WHYY’s Aaron Moselle has more.
The woman, identifying herself as “Gretchen W”, says that Cherry Hill authorities invaded her privacy when they secretly filmed her while she was using a holding-cell bathroom.
Police had detained the woman for refusing to take a breath test when she was pulled over for drunk-driving last year.
Joseph Osefchen is representing the woman in the proposed class-action suit. He says the bathroom footage violates her Fourth Amendment right to privacy.
Osefchen: It’s extremely outrageous. I don’t know of anybody who would not be troubled to know that strangers are watching them use the toilet. When it’s the government filming you using the toilet, I think that that’s doubly outrageous. And I think it rather speaks for itself.
Osefchen says there’s been at least one other instance of Cherry Hill police video monitoring a suspect using a station bathroom.
Township authorities declined to comment.