Wednesday, July 3, 2013

TX - 2 bikini-clad women sue over body cavity search by Jennie Bui on the side of Highway 288

Police doing a cavity search
Original Article


By Tiffany Craig

BRAZORIA COUNTY - Two women subjected to body cavity searches on the side of Highway 288 are suing the officers involved.

The entire stop was recorded on dash camera by the state trooper who initially pulled over [name withheld] and [name withheld] for speeding.

The women were driving home from a trip to Surfside beach.

You can hear [name withheld] ask the trooper if she can put on some clothes because she is wearing only a bikini.

"Can I put my dress on," she asked the officer. "Don't worry about it," he told her. "Come out here."

The trooper asks if there is anything illegal in the car after claiming to smell marijuana.

[name withheld] answers no.

He also pulled [name withheld] from the car and gets on the radio to call for a female trooper.

"One of them has got her zipper open on her pants of her daisy dukes shorts -- whatever they are," he said.

The male trooper reportedly found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

The attorney for the women, Allie Booker, doesn't understand why the cavity search was done.

"If you claim they were in the car doing something they had no business, and you claim you had the butt end of what they were doing, why do you need to do a cavity search," Booker said.

[name withheld] was searched first and in the video, you can hear her reaction.

"Are you serious," [name withheld] asked the trooper.

"If you hid something in there, we're going to find it," said the trooper.

"You're going to go up my private parts," [name withheld] said.

"Yes ma'am," she said.

Nothing was found on either woman and they claim gloves weren't changed between searches.

KHOU 11 News legal analyst Gerald Treece watched the video with us.

"I think it's the violation of the 4th amendment to do these type of body cavity searches," said Treece. "The thing that's offensive about this is the fact that it's the most intrusive type of search which is a body cavity search and the question is for what."

One of the women is still dealing with a marijuana charge. Both have filed a federal lawsuit against the officers involved.

The female trooper in this case, Jennie Bui has been fired. The male trooper, Nathaniel Turner has been suspended during an internal investigation.

The department does not and will not tolerate any conduct that violates the U.S. and Texas constitutions, or DPS training or policy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

McCraw was also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Brazoria County Sheriff Charles Wagner and deputy Aaron Kindred are defendants in the lawsuit as well.

Their office had no comment.


Mark said...

The photo attached to this article says it all!!! LOL! And all at SOissues, be blessed, have a lot of dogs tomorrow and see you all on the other side of the 4th!

tom said...

OMG they just got RAPED! In front of the camera and no one else see this? Any time you stick any thing inside some one with out them saying okay it is RAPE! They should be facing RAPE charges! WTF?! Just think about this they stuck there fingers inside both holes people! They HAD NO RIGHT TO DO THIS AT ALL! I DO NOT CARE ONE THING IS FOR SURE THIS IS RAPE! Fired? That is it? Not a RAPE charge? WTF? I feel so sorry for the women that just had this done to them it is so humiliating so degrading dehumanizing and this is what this country has come to? Where women are forced to under go full penetration of there privet parts from another while others look on? This is some sick shit people! Sorry I hope all these cops get put away for 20 years and have to be on the sex offender registry as well. This is WRONG! And if WE the people do not hold these cops and others to the constitution this is what we ALL get!

Eric Knight said...

Does the avatar seem to be a bit too risque?

Daver said...

No the cops will not be punished except to lose their jobs. They will just go to another town and get a job there.