A Texas woman is suing police after she was subjected to a roadside strip-search for marijuana following a traffic stop.
Attorney Samuel Cammack filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Harris County, Texas police department on behalf of Charnesia Corley, 23, over a 2015 traffic stop in which Cammack said Corley had her constitutional rights violated after police conducted a warrantless body cavity search in which an officer “penetrated her vagina,” reports The Houston Chronicle.
The Harris County district attorney’s office dropped criminal charges against the two officers who conducted the search earlier in August, though Cammack has asked for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the case.
Cammack released a dash cam video of the incident on Monday, telling a local news affiliate it was an 11-minute “rape by cop.”
Corley — who was initially pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign in June 2015 — was detained by the officers after they “smelled marijuana” in her car. The officers then called for a female officer to perform a search after the officers said they found 0.02 ounces, or slightly more than half a gram, of marijuana in her car.
When the female officer arrived, after Corley waited approximately an hour-and-a-half, she told Corley to remove her pants so she could perform a “visual strip search,” according to the suit.
After Corley refused, the officers “forcibly threw Ms. Corley