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Texas Police Pull over Three Women and Search Their Vaginas for Marijuana

Ian Millhiser
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Tuesday 6 August 2013
These searches almost certainly violate the Constitution.
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A pair of videos posted online show police probing the genitals and anal regions of three womenthey claim to suspect of possessing marijuana. In one video, a woman is seen bent over and grimacing as an off camera police officer conducts the search. Shortly before this search, a male officer explains to the woman that he is calling a female officer over “because I ain’t about to get up close and personal with your woman areas.”

The videos depict two vehicle stops, one for speeding and another for littering. In both videos, a male officer asks the women if they have any marijuana in the vehicle, suggesting that the purpose of their search is to find evidence of this drug. At one point, immediately before conducting her search of a woman’s genitals, a female officer warns the woman that if she “hid something in there, we’re going to find it.”

These searches almost certainly violate the Constitution. Although police do have broad latitude to search a vehicle when they have probable cause to believe that they will uncover contraband within, it is quite a stretch to extend these precedents to this most intimate of searches. As the Supreme Court explained in a 2009 decision regarding a student who was strip searched by school administrators, “both subjective and reasonable societal expectations of personal privacy support the treatment of such a search as categorically distinct, requiring distinct elements of justification on the part of school authorities for going beyond a search of outer clothing and belongings.”

Admittedly, that decision rested in part upon factors specific to that case, such as the youth of the person subject to the search. Nevertheless, the Court placed a great deal of weight on the fact that authorities had no “reason to suppose that [the student] was carrying pills in her underwear.” In other words, if officials want to conduct an unusually intrusive search into a suspect’s most private areas, this strip search case suggests that they must have particular reason to believe that contraband will be found in those private areas. It is doubtful that Texas police had any reason to specifically believe that the three women searched in these videos were carrying marijuana in their vaginas or their rectums.

The New York Daily News identifies one of the officers involved in these incidents as Trooper Jennie Bui, and reports that she was fired on June 29. Another officer, Trooper Kelley Helleson was also fired and charged with two counts of sexual assault. Two other officers are suspended.



Hey Public, When are we gonna

Hey Public, When are we gonna band together Against the Biggest Gang in this Country? Yes Gang... They have a Patch, a club and a meeting weekly or monthly Just like a Family Motorcycle Club does Yet We are Outlaws!!OH did I forget THEY ALSO CARRY WEAPONS AND USE THEM IN A THREATING MANNER... BIKERS DON'T... We use or fist.. Also we don't go around sticking our fingers up women's butts then stick em in they're vaginas, Come On Do you Cops do that at home... Dang Nasty Fuckers

Don't know why so many

Don't know why so many comments are attacking Texas. Cops across the country are abusing people daily. When will Americans begin the pigroasting?

"...had a finger in my ass

"...had a finger in my ass and a finger in my pussy".
Apparently Texas doesn't believe that anal contamination of the vagina is counter to medical doctrine. These pigs should be shot--AFTER being ass-fucked with a cattle prod.

Texas. If ever there were a land more deserving of total nuking...!

SPLF

Texas Law enforcement really

Texas Law enforcement really ought to go back to getting their jollies from cows and chickens.

SPLF

Texas: The Lone Star Republic

Texas: The Lone Star Republic (where they're loathe to call it a state) (doesn't having just ONE star indicate a major Freudian slip?).

Texas: Where pigs are pigs with guns and badges.

Texas: Where if you have a badge you can get your buzz without paying for it.

Texas: Where they laud, nay boast of The Alamo but make no mention of why those bigots in the mission were fighting--Mexico had declared Slavery to be illegal so the Texicans seceded.

Texas: Where the unspoken motto is, "Stop us before we swindle even more loot from the rest of the Nation (right after I get mine!)"

SPLF

This is totally riduculous.

This is totally riduculous. I wonder how many woman & men they have done this too before this videa happened. Is this routine or random? Talk about invasion of privacy.

Did they smoke it?

Did they smoke it?

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