Charges against two Texas officers who conducted an 11-minute forced strip and cavity search on a woman during a traffic stop have been dismissed. Now, portions of a dashcam video have been released to the public.
Charneisha Corley was a 21-year-old college student with no criminal record when she was searched two years ago, her attorney Sam Cammack told Fox26.
“One of the officers on the tape, he was talking to a passenger who was already in custody in the officer’s car and you could hear him telling that individual ‘Oh we are going to find something, even if we have to put our hands on her.'” The officers pulled her over for running a stop sign. They claimed they smelled marijuana.
The video shows police slamming Corley onto the ground of a public gas station parking lot and putting her head underneath a car while her pants are pulled down. An 11-minute cavity search was then conducted while her ankles were bent back, according to Fox26. She was naked from the waist down.
“No one in this office stands by the search the way it was conducted. No one condones that,” Harris County prosecutor Natasha Sinclair said. “No one thinks it’s appropriate. It should not have happened.” However, she claimed it might not be a criminal offense.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement that said that body searches must be conducted in a private, sanitary setting.