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For years, Saginaw County deputies had a policy of stripping prisoners they deemed uncooperative.
Neither side disputes the jail policy of stripping uncooperative prisoners -- and if they refused, using force, chemical sprays and scissors to remove clothes. The question for jurors is whether the treatment scarred the prisoners so emotionally they deserve monetary damages.
The plaintiffs claim they were humiliated by being exposed to jailers and prisoners of the opposite gender.
Prisoners who refused were subjected to takedowns that included body blows, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which joined the suit. Nude prisoners were then watched by guards of the opposite sex.