If women didn’t have enough to worry about when being pulled over, we can now add forcible cavity searches to the list.
That’s what 21-year-old Charnesia Corley, who lives in Houston, said happened to during a traffic stop in Harris County. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office told KTRK Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. Authorities say a deputy smelled what he believed to be marijuana when he asked Corley to step out of her vehicle, but none was found in the car.
That’s when Corley said the deputy called for a female law enforcement officer.
“She tells me to pull my pants down. I said, ‘Ma’am, I don’t have any underwear on.’ She says, ‘Well, that doesn’t matter. Pull your pants down,'” Corley told KTRK. “I bend over and she proceeds to try to force her hand inside of me. I tell her, ‘Ma’am, No. You cannot do this.”
While the sheriff’s office says she consented to the search, which was done in a public parking lot, Corley insists she never did. Her attorney is arguing that this was a violation of her civil rights.
Authorities say they did find marijuana one her, 0.02 ounces of marijuana on her. (KTRK does not specify where they allegedly found the drugs.)
Corley is charged with two misdemeanors—resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.