City To Pay for Jailing 3 Men Naked

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(KALAMAZOO, MI) — The City Commission has agreed to pay $31,500 to three men who were stripped of their clothing and jailed naked by police officers under a suicide prevention policy.

The city has a policy of removing the clothing of inmates who are considered potentially suicidal but a shortage of anti-suicide gowns were cited in the three cases.

The commission on Monday agreed to pay $19,500 to Beryl Wilson, $9,500 to Michael A. Moran and $2,500 to Ricardo Montalvo.

The payments were issued to settle federal lawsuits filed after Wilson complained he was jailed naked for eight hours in 1999 after a misdemeanor arrest.

“These guys settled because they wanted to get on with their lives and not drag it out through the trial process,” said their attorney, James Hyman.

Officers stripped Moran after a 1998 arrest, jailing him overnight in what he called “a humiliating and embarrassing tragedy.”