A Texas woman is suing the Harris County Sheriff’s office in Texas after she says a police officer performed an unnecessary, invasive body cavity search.
Chron.com reports that Charnesia Corley, 22, has filed a lawsuit accusing two police officers of assaulting and stripping her. According to a lawsuit obtained by the news outlet, Corley was pulled over for rolling through a stop sign and not using her turn signal.
The officers reportedly told her to pull into a nearby convenience store. After the officers said they smelled marijuana, they searched her car but found nothing. They then reportedly called in a female officer and forced Corley to submit to a strip search, followed by a body cavity search.
According to the lawsuit:
“The deputies forcibly threw Ms. Corley to the ground, while she was still handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs spread apart, threatened to break her legs, and without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana.”
The alleged cavity search took 11 minutes. Officers reportedly said they found a small amount of marijuana, but it is unclear where.
Corley’s attorned Samuel Cammack released dashcam video he characterized as “rape by cop.” He also denied that his client had any marijuana on her.
Cammack told Fox 26 News that an officer “body slammed Miss Corley, stuck her head underneath the vehicle and completely pulled her pants off, leaving her naked and exposed in that Texaco parking lot,” Cammack said.
“They then took Miss Corley and placed both ankles behind her ears spread eagle position and started to search for something in Miss Corley’s cavity in her vaginal area.”
Corley herself spoke about the incident to CNN, saying that she told the female officer to stop when she penetrated her vagina.
The officer responded by saying, “I can do whatever I want,” Corley claimed.
The lawsuit is reportedly asking for millions of dollars in damages, and is still pending.
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