Video: Cop Sticks Hands Down Womens' Pants As Part Of "Search" During Traffic Stop For Littering
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Two Texas women stopped for allegedly throwing a cigarette butt out of their window were subject to a TSA-style act of sexual molestation by a female police officer who conducted a "roadside body cavity search" on them, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Two Irving women are suing two state troopers and the head of their department in federal court, alleging they were subjected to an illegal and humiliating “roadside body cavity search” during a traffic stop.
Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece, Ashley Dobbs, 24, said the search occurred on State Highway 161 in or near Irving on the night of July 13.
They claim that a female trooper, Kelley Helleson, used her fingers to search their anuses and vaginas — using the same latex glove — while on the side of the road in full view of passing vehicles.
They said David Farrell, a state trooper, had called Helleson to the scene after stopping the women’s vehicle and questioning them about marijuana. Farrell told them he stopped them after seeing them throw cigarette butts out of the window, according to the lawsuit.
He asked for the search because he said the women were “acting weird,” the suit said.
Farrell searched their vehicle for marijuana but didn’t find any, they said. He then tried to “morph this situation into a DWI investigation,” the lawsuit said. Angel Dobbs passed a roadside sobriety test and the women were given warnings for littering, the suit said.
[...]Palmer said the Texas Rangers investigated his clients’ complaints but no action was taken against the troopers.
Palmer said the searches were basically a “sexual assault” on the side of the road.
“No one’s ever seen the likes of this,” he said. “We can’t let them get away with it.”
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