What would you do if a routine police stop led to a female officer inserting her fingers into you, putting you through a body cavity search on the side of the highway? Yeah…those two things just don’t add up right. Unfortunately, it has become somewhat of a recurring trend with the officers of Texas.
Two women in Dallas were pulled over after allegedly throwing a cigarette butt out of the window, and two other women were pulled over in Houston after speeding. Both sets of women were forced to undergo cavity searches, where female officers inserted their fingers into the victims, using the same gloves on both women. This is not only disturbing, but very dangerous. The officers easily could have spread infections, and cruelly humiliated the victims as the search was conducted on the side of the road, with people driving by.
Repeated and eerily identical incidents may indicate that there is an underlying, unspoken and illegal procedure going on among Texas state law enforcement. Not to mention the fact that these are simply the videos the public has been exposed to — are there more, showing other incidents that have not been discovered?
Former Texas Officer, Peter Schulte, told New York Daily News “It’s ridiculous, we would never put our hands anywhere near someone’s private parts. When I saw the video I was shocked. I was a law enforcement officer for 16 years and I’ve never seen anything like it.” Jim Harrington, from the Texas Civil Rights Project stated, “The fact that they both happened means there is some sort of (department) policy. It’s such a prohibited practice. I don’t know why they think they can do this. It’ mind-boggling.”]
Wisconsin and Florida have also had incidents of inappropriate “probing,” but none as severe as the incidents in Texas. Trials are ongoing and victims are hoping that justice will be served.
People need to be more vocal during police searches. Any officer has to ask permission to conduct a search. If for any reason you feel the search is unnecessary, or may lead to a civil rights violation such as the victims of the Texas Police Officers, you may say, “I will be happy to cooperate with any search warrant.” Although he trials are ongoing and a majority of the officers involved have been suspended, I do not see the problem going away anytime soon. Do not allow for your rights to be taken away, and speak up if you feel uncomfortable or violated.
Videos of the illegal searches can be seen below.
Here is the Dallas search. The first pat-down begins at 2:52:
Here is the other video:
- Texas Troopers Caught On Dash Cams Conducting Body Cavity Searches On 4 Women Roadside, Then Claim They Don’t Violate The Constitution (freedomoutpost.com)
- For Discussion: Lawyer Representing Two Black Women Who Were Illegally Cavity Searched Says It Is Standard Policy At Texas Traffic Stops (bossip.com)
- Texas Women Sue State Troopers After Roadside Body Cavity Searches (clutchmagonline.com)