The lawyer for a black woman in the US state of Texas has released a police video which he says shows that she was subjected to an invasive search that amounts to “rape by cop”.
In 2015, Charnesia Corley, then 20 years old, had her vagina forcibly searched for drugs after being stopped by police, lawyer Samuel Cammack said.
Charges against two officers have been dropped. A federal lawsuit is ongoing.
The lawyer wants an independent prosecutor to investigate the case.
Police officers had accused Ms Corley, then a college student who had been stopped for allegedly driving through a stop sign, of carrying marijuana. The incident happened at night on 20 June 2015 in a Texaco car park in Houston.
The dashcam footage – released by Mr Cammack after the charges against two Harris County deputies were dropped earlier this month – shows her handcuffed while two officers look inside the vehicle.
She is then searched, but the view of the camera is obstructed by the open rear-passenger door.
Ms Corley is put on the ground, with no clothes below the waist, while a female officer shines a flashlight in her pubic area, in an operation that lasts 11 minutes. The footage does not show the alleged penetration.
Ms Corley is then allowed to stand and cover her body.
“One of the officers on the tape, he was talking to a passenger who was already in custody in the officer’s