6 officers cleared of doing cavity search without warrant

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Meriden Police

MERIDEN — A jury has cleared six Meriden police officers of allegations that they conducted an illegal body cavity search on a man in 2011.

The federal civil rights suit was decided Thursday.

The suit filed in 2013 by Derrick Bryant, who had been held on drug charges. He alleged Meriden police performed a cavity search in a station holding cell without a warrant. Under state law, a warrant is required for police to search body cavities other than the mouth.

The officers maintained they never did a cavity search and simply removed drugs they found in Bryant’s buttocks.

The officers’ lawyer tells The Record Journal “fine officers who were publicly defamed have been vindicated.”

Bryant’s attorney says she’s “dismayed” by the verdict but has not yet decided whether to appeal.

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