TX cops search women’s vaginas for speeding, throwing cigs out window (video)

In a shocking series of videos, Texas police officers are seen searching the rectums and vaginas of women who are pulled over for small driving infractions such as throwing a cigarette out the window of their car, or speeding.

Two women in one car allege that the gloved female cop who did the cavity search didn’t even change gloves when she moved from one woman to the next.

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Two women who were victims of the searches during Memorial Day weekend last year have sued in federal court.  And they should sue, for a lot.  The female cop was subsequently fired, and now is facing charges of sexual assault.  The male cop, who facilitated this, is facing a theft charge for allegedly taking some prescription drugs from the car.

Reportedly, this is standard procedure for the Texas police.

Interestingly, they do the search to different cars at different times, at one time to a black woman, and a different time to two white women (so the case at least doesn’t appear to be racism, just insanity).

This has been an eye-opening experience for me, okay. Never been pulled over, never searched like this. I mean, I was like totally violated over there a few minutes ago. Had a finger in my ass, had a finger in my pussy, and I am – this is so embarrassing to me.

Here are a few screen shots of the video, which you can see below.  The white women threw two cigarettes out of their car.  The black woman was speeding:

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Invasive breast exam.

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Feeling under her bra, apparently. Note her shirt is lifted up and they’re doing this in the middle of the road for everyone to see.

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According to the women, the cops finger went in to the driver’s vagina.

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A second women having her vagina searched.

The African-American woman was searched in the police car, but you can see her talking about what they’re about to do, and then watch her contort when the female cop starts exploring her vagina and rectum:

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And PS, I know the title doesn’t quite work – it makes it sound like the vaginas were speeding and smoking, but sometime you gotta go with a short title and take your hits :)


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  • Jill

    I’d like to see them try that on a woman visiting from Detroit. Trust me. The cop would have been left face down with skid marks on his/her backside.

  • Michael DiMaggio

    The cops should have gone to Rub Maps if they wanted their privates tugged

  • Bill_Perdue

    Not a problem. You have a lot of ground to cover.

  • Moderator3

    I’m sorry it took so long to remove these comments. His misspellings confused me. He’s out of here.

  • BillFromDover

    One would have thought that these illegal, invasive and unsanitary searches would have been performed off-camera.

    Then again, it’s Texas… yes?

  • ralphie44

    thug?
    racist?

    so today they get to be a race instead of a religion.
    ok.

  • Bill_Perdue

    ^^^^^^ Racist thug.

  • ralphie44

    welcome to the jeu world order

  • Jafafa Hots

    I am uncomfortable dealing with the police because I was the victim of false arrest once, and a second time was assaulted (to a small degree) by a cop and threatened with false arrest because I witnessed him do something wrong.

    I’m also uncomfortable around cops because my uncle was a Sheriff’s Deputy, and I know what a prick HE was.

  • Jonas Grumby

    Texas should be Federalized in it’s entirety. Remember TeaBags, we outnumber you and are growing. We will NEVER forget what you have done to us. Never.

  • Yeah, therein lies the problem. Even if you’ve done nothing wrong, it is incredibly easy for someone to misinterpret the most innocent and innocuous of your actions.

    When a person is looking for something to be wrong, they will often add 2+2 and come up with an answer of 5. This happened to a guy I worked for a number of years ago. Due to some bad information given to them by someone who was genuinely mentally incompetent, the police raided his place of business, and his home directly upstairs. They went through everything. He was accused of manufacturing child pornography based on a faulty information and a cop who came to visit during regular business hours on a supposedly unrelated matter.

    Imagine their surprise when they found nothing. After consulting a lawyer, he did not elect to sue them. The reason was that the lawyer told him that if he brought this to public attention, there would likely be people who would believe he was, in fact guilty simply because the police at one time thought he was guilty of the crime. This would have sunk his business.

    The detective who made the initial accusation was subsequently fired, but not for the botched raid. He did several other things that showed his incompetence and failure to follow police procedures and regulations.

    It’s a sad day when a person’s only recourse is to hope a bad cop screws up bad enough to get fired.

  • AnitaMann

    Thanks for this. I guess it’s just as complicated in nearly every state. I’m wondering who has the leverage to make state/local cops stop doing bad things. Not just TX but anywhere.

  • samizdat

    “…military weapons…” Tell me about it. A couple of years ago, a story locally concerned the plight of a police force in some podunk town in S. IL., just north of St. Louis (I cannot recall the name). So the local constabulary gets a shiny black toy from the federal government: a 60,000# armored van (you’ve probably seen one of these things). The problem? The damn thing weighed so much that the cops couldn’t even park on the cop lot, and so had to park it a block or so away from the station.

    Good for a laugh then, at least.

  • emjayay

    It’s cocktail time.

  • emjayay

    I think the timing is coincidental. The women just had a presser or something.

  • samizdat

    That’s not unfair at all. Over the last several years, I’ve come into contact with a number of ex-convicts in my neighborhood (in South St. Louis; one was actually one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet, the others…meh). These guys would often be employed by cops to do yard work, etc., and believe me, there was a very peculiar vibe coming from those relationships. I did indeed notice this fine line, as one of the houses “rehabbed” on the block was done by an ex-cop, on a property owned by an investigator in the IA of the STLMPD (he’s now got a job with the FBI; shocking, I know). Let me tell you, I don’t know why this ex-cop was booted off of the force, but considering his temperament, it must have been a doosy of a misdeed. He seemed one step away from criminal behavior.

  • emjayay

    I didn’t know about it before. It’s appalling every step of the way. They had to fire that woman for PR, even if her actions were SOP. The guy cop was about as bad also. The SOPness of it is what makes it twice as wierd. The cops weren’t hassling hippies or Mexicans or perceived gays whoever else they don’t like and have often used their police power against for fun because of cultural or class or race resentment and hostility. These were women – even normally attractive women – of their own race and class, driving a decent ordinary car. And they didn’t even conveniently by mistake throw their hat over the camera or anything. And the other incident was hundreds of miles away in a different jurisdiction.
    I
    t points to something just a little more systemic than a rogue cop.

  • emjayay

    Yes, including the male cop. But then they would have to fire a large number of Texas troopers and cops all across the country.

  • Steven

    I too have grown very weary of the ‘if you’ve done nothing wrong you’ve got nothing to hide’ brigade that has really taken over, especially after 9-11. I live in a small town in Georgia, so you can imagine how willing, almost eager, my neighbors are to let law enforcement do whatever the hell they want. And to them I always present the following scenario:

    You’re asleep at home at 2:30am. Two men in suits come to your door, do not identify themselves other than they are from the ‘government.’ They say they want to come inside, go through your personal records, look at your bank statements, read your emails, search your browser history, etc. Do you let these strangers inside to raid your lives? Of course you don’t! So…why are you so willing to allow it if it’s done remotely and secretly? Generally, the response is the sound of crickets in the night.

    I hope all of these states that are forcing women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds end up on the receiving end of a slew of lawsuits alleging state-sanctioned rape. Based on this story, and the legislative records of certain states over the past few years, it’s apparent that some women simply don’t have control of their bodies any longer.

  • KenD

    First of all…it’s disgusting that the female officer used the same hand with the same glove to probe the woman rectally then use it again to probe her vaginally. Talk about unsanitary…disgusting. I’m curious to know how many men are probed rectally when they’re stopped…just wondering

  • dabibito

    If you lived in NYC, you would know that the NYPD were a nightmare after 9/11.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Only partly, as you say.

    They need to put some final touches on the destruction of the Bill of Rights and that will be difficult in a period like this when tens of millions are radicalizing and identifying the rich and their parties as the enemy. They need a Reichstag Fire.

    The key for the left is to organize in work places, in the streets and in the barracks to cut their base out from under them.

  • cole3244

    i’ve always thought that there was a very fine line between criminals and the police mentality, fair or unfair that’s my observation after many decades of living and seeing the injustice by the solid blue line.

  • cambridgemac

    The Patriot Act pretty much IS our Enabling Act.

  • cambridgemac

    Only in Amuhrika! We’re Number One! Yeehaw!

  • Bill_Perdue

    The difference is that now Obama, his predecessors and both parties, along with oppressive government agencies are actively building a police state.

    Federal and local police agencies have air fleets, military weapons and now drones. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/08/drone-list-domestic-police-law-enforcement-surveillance_n_2647530.html

    They also have repressive new laws that allow them to use violence and lethal force and those are increasing. In 2008 Patricia Neal Warren wrote about the dangers of these laws. http://www.bilerico.com/2008/09/we_must_end_attacks_on_the_right_to_peac.php to the Bill of Rights. Since then Obama and the Congress have passed even worse laws including NDAA and strengthened old ones like the Paytriot Act and Obama’s Attorney General says that he has the right to murder American citizens. He’s done exactly that by ordering the racist murders of Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed.

    When they get an American and cumulative version of the Enabling Act (1) It’ll all be over.

    (1)“The Enabling Act (German: Ermächtigungsgesetz) was a 1933
    amendment to the Weimar Constitution that gave the German Cabinet–in effect,
    Chancellor Adolf Hitler–the power to enact laws without the involvement of the
    Reichstag. It passed in both the Reichstag and Reichsrat on 23 March 1933, and
    was signed by President Paul von Hindenburg later that day. The act stated that
    it was to last four years unless renewed by the Reichstag, which occurred
    twice. For all intents and purposes, the Enabling Act gave Hitler plenary
    powers and made him the dictator of Germany. It followed on the heels of the
    Reichstag Fire Decree, which abolished most civil liberties and transferred
    state powers to the Reich government. The combined effect of these two bills
    was to bring the Weimar Republic to an end.”
    Wiki

    Cities with police (or university drones) form https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/02/faa-releases-new-list-drone-authorizations-your-local-law-enforcement-agency-map

  • RepubAnon

    Or perhaps Texas law enforcement is calling this a standard procedure to cover up what is really going on:

    Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

    (Reuters) – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

    Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

  • Whitewitch

    Me too…when my dad was a cop and still thought it was okay to practice Incest with his children and the other cops didn’t stop him…

  • Whitewitch

    I think it is anything to keep the news of the closing embassy’s out of the news. Wouldn’t want people to start thinking it was all pretend to justify the spying the Government has been doing OR the fact that the DEA is now getting information from these agencies so they can go after Drug dealers – nope…Hey Look Texas – aren’t they silly – look shiny very shiny.

  • This would be outrageous if it were Mogadishu, Somalia or Naypyidaw, Myanmar. That it’s in the “land of the free”, with a Constitution that supposedly protects against unwarranted searches, with police who are supposed to take an oath to protect people. That makes it completely and utterly unconscionable. Any law enforcement officer engaging in such tactics in the US should be summarily barred from working in any public service job for the rest of their natural lives.

  • I’m uncomfortable dealing with the police because my brother’s a cop… spend a little time hanging out with his buddies, laughing about some of the ridiculous things they’ve put people through. It’s disgusting.

  • Indigo

    I’ve known that since the 60’s.

  • Indigo

    Even if historical, it doesn’t change the outrageousness of Texas.

  • Indigo

    “Standard procedure” in Texas? Somehow, that doesn’t surprise me.

  • In Texas, local police departments are funded from municipal and county sources, so yes, some state dollars go to local cops. Certain things are also state funded, some training, things like emergency call centers generally get funding from the state. There’s even money coming in from Homeland Security now for certain types of things. It’s really rather complicated, and I don’t envy the people who have to sort out those budgets and worry about where the money is coming from if one source suddenly gets cut off. The Texas state legislature has been doing everything it can to try and cut funding to local police departments. Going so far as to try and close down 911 call centers… because, you know, in the libertarian paradise that is Texas nobody ever needs emergency help, right?

  • cole3244

    i am white and not a criminal and i have always been lets say uncomfortable dealing with the police because of my distrust in their ability to do the right thing or more likely do the wrong thing.

  • Oh wow, didnt’ even think of that. Let alone she reportedly used the same gloves on each woman.

  • Emjayjay should have spent a couple minutes with Google like I did to find out that the woman who settled in June are not the same women who are currently suing :) But rest assured that unwarranted bitchiness is always appreciated. :)

  • emjayay

    I guess there was just a press conference including the black women that has put this back in the news. I don’t know why the Daily News is reporting this like it’s a new story, and not mentioning their own previous stories at least about the white women. The cops were indicted in March. The woman copwas fired already. The video was first broadcast last December.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/2-texas-state-troopers-indicted-roadside-cavity-search-article-1.1297749

    The women settled for $185K in June.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-57591418-504083/women-settle-with-texas-state-police-for-$185k-over-illegal-body-cavity-search-report-says/
    No google searches came up with any Texas news outlets covering this, although there are British and NYC papers publishing articles about it.

    I hadn’t read about any of this before, but AmericaBlog should have spent a couple minutes with Google like I did to find out the rest before posting it.

  • I saw this coming in the 70s. This glorification of all things regarding the police and the “thin blue line” stuff was one part of the process that resulted in the unreasonable empowerment of the police. News and entertainment media played a huge part in this glorification. We allowed ourselves to be sucked into this because we feared, rather than got to know people who might be a little different than us. People also started utilizing the police to settle petty arguments and conflicts with our neighbors that really required little more than a polite face-to-face discussion.

    It was also about that time that we embraced a broad set of euphemisms for police actions. “Subdue” replaced “clubbing”. It even extended to their equipment. It was no longer a “Billy Club”, it became a “Baton”. Give me a break, it’s a friggin’ club. Cheerleaders have batons. Police are not cheerleaders (except for themselves and their pet causes).

    Another prong on this attack on your right to live unencumbered is the demonization of anyone who exercised their right to invoke the 5th Amendment. Taking that action was (and is) characterized as having something to hide, therefore, you were up to no good.

    This “nothing to hide” BS is another interesting technique used in the brainwashing of the public to accept excessive police powers as a matter of course. I have news for them, everyone has something to hide. You don’t walk around naked, do you? You don’t discuss the intimate details of your sex life in public, do you? You don’t discuss a great many of the things that happen in your life simply because it’s nobody’s business but yours!

    Try to carry a significant amount of cash in your car these days. If you’re unlucky enough to get pulled over and searched (Never give them permission!) while carrying a big amount of cash, it will get confiscated and used to buy more cool cop equipment. There are some valid reasons for carrying cash in your car that do not involve selling drugs. Like the guy who had just gotten a large cash settlement and was transferring it. He got it confiscated, and had a hell of a time getting it back.

    Your off-topic mention deserves comment, too. I have to agree about the PACs and politicians begging for money on a constant basis. They’ve already been elected, but then they need more money to “build their grass-roots network” and “fight the opposition”. There’s something wrong with that.

    Which is why I took my name off of a lot of lists (all it takes is signing one petition to get on them), stopped signing petitions, and only kept my name on the list of a few real supportive politicians and orgs that are in line with my beliefs. The rest can try using a rope as a catheter.

  • AnitaMann

    Jurisdiction/funding questions. These incidents were done by TX state troopers. So they are governed by state law and funded by state tax dollars. But local jurisdictions have their own laws, and officers are paid out of those local tax dollars. But are there any statewide laws governing both local and state police? And do any state dollars pay for local cops at all?

  • AnitaMann

    Need more coffee. I first read that headline as, the woman’s vagina was speeding and throwing cigs out the window. That would be an amazing bit of performance art. But seriously, can she sue their asses off?

  • nicho

    Well, I can just add this to my (now humongous) list of reasons to stay the fuck out of Texas — except to change planes, and I’m beginning to wonder whether I should rethink that experience.

  • Ninong

    OMG! You get finger-f’d for littering in Texas! Nice job, Governor Perry!

  • Cavity searches for speeding and littering – FREEDOM!

  • Someone on Kos picked up on fact that in the video of the white women, the cop did the rectum before the vagina, making the likelihood of infection that much greater.

  • So they were raped. Also looks like TX literally wants to go in and control women’s vaginas.

  • lynchie

    Police state. We have no rights, no one to address these types of situations. The police will lie and claim resistance and we are left to comply because “if you have nothing to hide you won’t be bothered” or the old stand by “we have to do this to stop the terrorists”. Just like the bullshit of closing our embassies to show that NSA really needs to tap our phones and read every email. How convenient. Or course the fact that El Quaida can simply change the date now that they know we know has never occurred to anyone in this bullshit administration. One last point off topic. I received 10 different emails from Obama’s PAC asking to wish him a happy birthday and soliciting money. Money for what, he won’t face another election so what is the money for? Will we accept lying, misleading and lack of moving forward to say there is a pseudo-DEM in the white house, i guess.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Cops, in this country, are the enemy.

  • Jimmy

    You know, it used to be a given that police officers and other people who serve in their communities deserved respect, especially following the events of September 11, 2011, but events like this make me wonder what the hell is going on with our nation’s police force. I know there are good police officers out there, I know more than a few, but they are overshadowed by morons like this, or cops who taser people for giving them a dirty look, or shoot at a guy because he turns around and looks at them while standing in front of his own car.

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