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Cheetahs strippers suing San Diego police, allegedly shot nude pics

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Being a stripper is not an easy job.

On your feet for much of your shift, having to deal with a variety of personalities, and carrying a reputation that many look down on. So, imagine if you then are hearded into a room and literally exposed for a group of men to take pictures of various body parts?

According to a lawsuit filed in San Diego, strippers at Cheetahs Gentlemen's Club say that police were a little too frisky during a March encounter.

The strippers claim that some 10 vice squad members not only inspected the club's surroundings, but took "nearly nude" images of them in a room during an "inspection" of the facility.

Given that San Diego strippers are required to carry and show city-issued licenses when asked for them, police reportedly deny any wrongdoing during the search. As it pertains to the law, police are allowed to inspect those licenses at any time and without warning.

Inspection or peep-show?

One dancer, Brittany Murphy, told NBC San Diego that the visit from authorities was in fact closer to an impromptu peep-show, with cops shooting R-rated pics they said were meant to document the girls' tattoos.

The lawsuit also alleges that the strippers were required to "expose body" parts that were otherwise hidden so cops could photograph them.

The lawsuit notes the women (reportedly more than two dozen of them) are seeking unspecified damages for "emotional distress and pain." The damages should be sufficient to "punish and to make an example" of the city and Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and to deter others "from engaging in similar conduct." The lawsuit comes after a claim was filed with the city in March, which was turned down.

According to a police spokesperson, law enforcement is required to make regular inspections of strip clubs.

As part of those visits, snapping photos of the employees, including their distinctive tattoos, is a regular part of the process.

So, did the cops go over the line?

Better yet, are the rules and regulations in place for San Diego strips clubs too harsh or too lenient?

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