This is just an all-out horrible story. Two Texas women are suing police for giving them both a roadside cavity search that they claim was unconstitutional. The state trooper involved has now been suspended.
A trooper stopped aunt and niece Angel and Ashley Dobbs after they threw a cigarette butt out of the window. He claimed he could smell weed in the car, and called a female trooper, Kelley Helleson, to perform a search. The women say that Helleson subjected them both to a "painful and humiliating" search of their vaginas and anuses without their consent. The search took place in full view of passing traffic, and Helleson allegedly failed to change latex gloves between searches.
The Dobbs women are now suing the Texas Department of Public Safety and the DPS chief, who they claim was aware of a "pattern of police misconduct involving unlawful strip searches, cavity searches and the like." Angel Dobbs says her aim is to prevent others suffering the same pain and indignity as her: "I was molested, I was violated, I was humiliated in front of other traffic. I had to watch my niece go through the same thing and I could not protect her."
Not surprisingly, the story is getting a lot of attention and is being heatedly discussed all over the 'net. Also not surprisingly, almost everyone is taking the women's side against the police.
The search was recorded on the trooper's dashboard-cam, and can be watched here (warning: graphic).
Via the New York Daily News and Reason.