Lomi Kriel - Express-News
Details of the settlement have not been released, and City Attorney Michael Bernard said he couldn't discuss it because it is pending. Attorneys for the patrons similarly declined. It is expected to be finalized in about two weeks.
Court filings and internal investigative documents released by the city paint vastly different pictures of that April 2007 night at the Wild Turkey Saloon in the 1400 block of Southwest Military Drive.
But the 11 female plaintiffs described an intimidating scenario in which those needing to use the bar's restroom, and some who were forced to go, had to endure a strip search that included the removal of their bras and them turning around with their underwear down as two female officers visually inspected their buttocks.
The TABC investigator also alleged that the club's DJ had concealed details about a September 2007 assault by disabling two video cameras while his girlfriend allegedly cleaned up part of the crime scene.
But in responses to the lawsuit filed by attorneys for the officers and interviews conducted by police Internal Affairs investigators, a somewhat different scenario is described.
Some of those women asked if they could use the restroom and did not seem upset when Officer Diane Tritley said she would have to frisk them, according to her signed statement.
Because of the contradicting statements, a police investigator trying to determine whether any police policies were violated asked the female patrons to take a polygraph exam, but they declined. The officers never were asked to take such a test.