Lawsuit Filed Against Police Over Undercover Gay Sex Stings

(Photo: Bruce Nickerson)

Attorney Bruce Nickerson has filed a federal lawsuit against the San Jose Police Department over undercover lewd-conduct stings that targeted gay men, more than a year after a judge threw out six related cases and deemed the “decoy” operations unconstitutional, reports The Mercury News.

While the complaint filed last week in federal court seeks monetary damages of at least $1 million for five of the six defendants cleared by the June 2016 ruling of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Jose S. Franco, Nickerson is also seeking class-action status for the lawsuit, and is hoping it will help end the practice by police overall.

“They’re invalid and discriminatory,” Nickerson said of the stings, “because they target male-male public sex and not also male-female public sex.”

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