Texas attorney Samuel Cammack III has released police dashcam video that he says shows authorities subjected a black college student to a humiliating public body cavity search.
Cammack, who represents 23-year-old Charneisha Corley, told Houston’s Fox 26 News the video shows what amounts to an 11-minute “rape by cop” on June 21, 2015.
An 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,” Cammack said. “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.”
“That was extreme, to pull my clothes down, in front of people,” Corley can be heard saying on the video after the search. “People were watching. You didn’t see people walking around?”
Investigators alleged they found 0.02 ounces of marijuana on her, though Cammack said that there was no marijuana, the Houston Chronicle reported at the time. Corley was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors, but the Harris County District Attorney’s Office later dropped the charges.
Corley filed a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit against the Harris County Sheriff’s Office after the traffic stop. Two of the deputies involved the body cavity search were charged last year with official oppression. Those charges were dropped on Aug. 4, prompting Cammack to post the video on his website.
“Once the community sees this video, they’re going to be outraged, disgusted,”