Dash cam video has been released of an incident in which a group of cops in Houston performed a forced body cavity search on an African-American woman. The officers were “exonerated” by their own department and never charged with anything for this outrageous violation.
“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’,” said Cammack.
And they did.
After a search of Corley’s clothing turned up nothing deputies decided to take their hunt deeper.
“This same 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,” said Cammack.
Attorney Cammack says what happened next amounts to “rape by Cop”.
“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,” said Cammack.
And according to the video, which Fox 26 has fully reviewed, the probing went on for at least 11 excruciating minutes before Corley was allowed to emerge from beneath the car and cover her naked body.
We asked Harris County prosecutor Natasha Sinclair if “cavity searching” suspects in public constitutes a criminal offense.
“No one in this office stands by the search the way it was conducted. No one condones that. No one thinks it’s appropriate. It should not have happened.
However bad decisions, bad judgment may not rise the level of a criminal offense,” said Sinclair.
I understand and respect the community’s concerns regarding the parking lot search of a female suspect during a June 2015 traffic stop. I want to be emphatically clear that today’s Harris County Sheriff’s Office is fully committed to ensuring that every resident of our community is treated with dignity and respect, even if they are suspected of committing a crime. We hold the public’s trust as sacred, and we will always strive to be worthy of that trust.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits deputies from conducting strip searches without a warrant. In cases in which a warrant is obtained, strip searches must be conducted in a private, sanitary, and appropriate facility.
Criminal charges are no longer pending against two of the deputies involved in this case. Deputy W. Strong, who did not actively participate in the search of the suspect in this case, will be allowed to return to patrol duties.
Deputy R. Pierre, who initiated the search, will remain in her current assignment within the Communications and Technology Bureau.
So they violated policy and raped this woman, and the sheriff “understands” and “respects” the concerns, but no one is going to be punished for it. No accountability whatsoever. And if they did fire those cops, they’d just go on to another town and get hired. But gosh, I can’t imagine what those Black Lives Matter folks are complaining about, can you? This is barbaric. Heads need to roll. Everyone involved, including those who failed to hold anyone accountable, should be fired. And those who committed this vile act should be in prison for a very long time.