A Texas woman said she felt like she had been raped when two Harris County Deputy performed a strip search on the roadside. Charnesia Corley, 23, filed a lawsuit against the Harris County Sheriff’s Office which ended with two female deputies pinning her to the ground and performed a body cavity search.
“They’re supposed to protect you,” Corley said. “They’re supposed to keep you safe, not rape you. That’s how I feel. I feel like I was raped.”
It’s been two years since a traffic stop triggered what Corley’s attorney calls sexual assault by the police.
“A 21-year-old African-American, female, college student, had never had any criminal history never been in trouble,” said Corley’s attorney, Cammack
Still, the video shows how Corley in cuffs and the deputies searched her car.
“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.
The officers decided to searched deeper when the clothing search turned out to be nothing.
“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.
It can be seen in the video that the probing went on for an 11 excruciating minutes before Corley was allowed to stand from the ground and cover her naked body. 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.
On August 4th, the charges were dismissed the very day the case was set for trial and within minutes rapidly re-presented to a grand jury, with the DA’s office “new evidence” which must remain “secret.”
“There has been no new factual evidence to support dismissal of the case,” insisted Cammack.
“I feel terrible for what happened to Miss Corley. It should never have happened and unfortunately we are in the business of prosecuting criminal offenses and though it may not be criminal, it doesn’t mean she won’t receive justice,” said Sinclair.
Watch the video below and see how did the deputies searched the victim.
We think that the deputies should be given proper sanction and they should pay for violating the young woman’s sanctity. Which side are you on? Do you also feel the same way we do? Watch the video below to witness how the deputies did the strip search. Let us know thoughts in the comment section below.
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