Unfucking real. Apparently, these cops think it’s lawful to perform roadside rectal and vaginal exams if they think they smell something suspicious.
What is it with Texas cops and roadside vaginal searches? Last May I described three strikingly similar cases in which Texas troopers fruitlessly looked for marijuana in the private parts of women pulled over for minor traffic offenses. The incidents were outrageous enough to inspire a new law requiring a warrant for such searches, which takes effect on September 1. That is too late for Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted in the name of pot prohibition by Harris County cops on June 21, just two days after Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law aimed at stopping this sort of abuse.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Corley was pulled over by a Harris County sheriff’s deputy for allegedly running a stop sign around 10:30 p.m. Claiming to smell marijuana in her car, the deputy searched it for nearly an hour but found no contraband. Returning to his patrol car, where Corley had been sitting in handcuffs, the deputy said he smelled marijuana again. He called for a female deputy to conduct a body cavity search. The female deputy ordered Corley to bend over in the parking lot of a gas station and pulled down her pants. When Corley objected, according to her lawyer, the deputy threw her to the ground and held her there until another female officer arrived to help with the search. The two of them held Corley’s legs apart, probing her vagina and anus.
“All I could do was lie there helpless,” Corey told KTRK, the ABC station in Houston. “I feel like they sexually assaulted me. I really do. I felt disgusted, downgraded, humiliated.” KTRK says the deputies “found .02 ounces of marijuana”—that’s two hundredths of an ounce, or about half a gram. The report does not specify where this terrifying vegetable matter was located. According to KTRK, “deputies say she consented to the search,” which presumably explains why she had to be handcuffed and forcibly restrained. Correspondent Kevin Quinn notes that Corey was charged with resisting arrest as well as marijuana possession (both misdemeanors), which seems inconsistent with the claim that she willingly cooperated in her own violation.
……Robert Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, told the Chronicle roadside cavity searches are contrary to department policy, which says such searches should be performed at a substation following an arrest. “I can’t really say I’ve ever heard of that happening before,” he said. “That’s kind of shocking to me.” That’s right: The president of the union representing Harris County sheriff’s deputies says their search of Corley is “shocking.” But according to KTRK, “Harris County Sheriff’s spokesperson Thomas Gilleland said the deputies did everything as they should.”
They share a lot in common with the perverts in New Mexico law enforcement. David Eckert was pulled over by a cop from the Deming Police Department after he failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign outside a Walmart. What followed was a harrowing experience of repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures in the form of anal probes. They thought he might be hiding narcotics up his ass. He wasn’t.
Cops who do this kind of shit need to be stripped of their gun, badge, and freedom; like spending a few years in prison where some 300lb cellmate can give them a rectal exam.