Two Black Comedians Sue Police Over Search at Atlanta Airport (video)
Two Black comedians and the two women who are suing them over the search for them at the Atlanta Airport have filed a lawsuit arguing that the two had the right to fly without searching their luggage.
The two men, who have not been identified and have asked for their likeness to be blurred, claim they have been subjected to invasive and unreasonable search of their luggage at the airport. The search of the two men was made using weapons and technology that has been deemed “offensive” by several law enforcement officials, including the former head of the US Border Patrol.
The search happened on January 18 and January 22, 2010, when the two comedians and the two women who are suing them have not been identified. They have been listed in the suit as “John Does.” In a statement, the two comedians wrote that they were “visibly and audibly terrified” at the time the search in the two women’s luggage began. The search of the men’s luggage involved a metal wand with a light on it that was used to sweep the clothes. The women on board the plane could hear the metal wand in the men’s luggage.
The men say that they had packed underwear that they were going to wear during the flight, and were carrying “a substantial amount of valuables.”
Their attorney, J. Alex Halderman, responded by saying, “It is the height of brazenness for lawyers to state their clients’ rights as if there was an objective standard of conduct.”
The complaint contends that the airport should have known that the two men had nothing in their luggage, and the search was unreasonable. The search didn’t violate the two men’s constitutional rights, the complaint argues. “The Constitution does not require that they be subjected to invidiously unfair searches,” the complaint contends.