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Report: At least 20 lawsuits filed against Milwaukee police over illegal strip searches

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - At least 20 lawsuits have now been filed against Milwaukee Police, for allegedly using illegal strip searches to try and find evidence. 

The Journal Sentinel said many of the lawsuits involved cavity searches by former Milwaukee officer Michael Vagnini. He's serving 26 months in prison for those actions. 

One lawsuit from Joe Bohannon accused Bagnini of pulling his vehicle over, and conducting a strip search in which the officer pulled a plastic bag of cocaine from Bohannon's rear cavity.  

The plaintiff said officers kicked and beat him when he tried escaping.

Also, a new lawsuit last week accused a female officer of groping a girl's genital area in 2011 to look for illegal drugs.

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