Target: Sheriff Ron Hickman
Goal: Justice for the woman who felt sexually assaulted by officers after they searched her vagina for marijuana in public.
A woman was reportedly forced to the ground and vaginally cavity searched at a gas station after an officer pulled her over for allegedly running a stop sign and thought he smelled marijuana. The officers involved need to be investigated and if these charges are accurate, they should be immediately dismissed and the department needs to review its privacy and sexual assault code of conduct.
Charnesia Corley was pulled over in a gas station parking lot on her way to the store late at night. She was reportedly removed from her car, handcuffed and put in the patrol vehicle after the officer claimed he smelled marijuana. When he believed the smell followed her, he called in a female officer for a cavity search.
Corley claims that she was told to take off her pants and she refused, which she said led to the officer threatening to break her legs if she didn’t open them. A second officer female was called in to assist because she wouldn’t comply and Corley was allegedly forced to the ground next to the car while one officer sat on her and the other stuck a hand inside her vagina. After the incident, which Corley describes as leaving her feeling humiliated and disgusted, she reached out to an attorney to file a complaint of sexual assault that is moving forward against the department.
If the officers felt this kind of intrusive search was vital, she should have been transported to the station and the situation properly evaluated and handled with respect to her person and her privacy instead of forcing her to lay on the ground exposed. This was a violation of her body and despite that, Corley is facing charges of possession and resisting an officer. Tell the Sheriff of Harris County that three officers who partook in this alleged sexual assault should be dismissed from the force if the surveillance video supports Corley’s claim, and his staff should be properly educated to prevent this from ever happening again.
Dear Sheriff Hickman,
Recently a woman filed a complaint stating that she was vaginally searched for marijuana in a public area by three of your officers. This woman was simply on her way to the grocery store when she reportedly made a small traffic violation that led to her being needlessly violated and humiliated because she had the odor of a recreational drug.
Where in some situations a body search might be important in the discovery of drugs, it is never appropriate to have it be done on the ground of a gas station and out in the open. This woman was not a violent drug offender or an obvious threat to anyone, but was treated in a way that is in complete disregard to her human rights and is now facing charges for doing what any woman would do and resisting an officer who wanted to search her vagina.
The officers who allegedly performed this act need to be removed from the force, and the rest of the officers need to go through training about cavity searches and sexual assault to prevent this from happening again.
[Your Name Here]
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