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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.

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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.

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