Target: Steven McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety
Goal: Stop police officers from authorizing humiliating and violating unwarranted body cavity searches
Two women have become victims of a needless body cavity search after being routinely stopped for littering. Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs had been driving along the highway when the offense occurred. An officer noticed one of the women throwing a cigarette butt out of the window and proceeded to pull them over. This officer claims he smelled marijuana coming from the car, but upon further questioning and searching the car, did not find any evidence of drugs in their vehicle. The officer then claims the women were acting strange and ordered an invasive cavity search.
The entire incident was filmed on one of the trooper’s dash-mounted camera. In the video, a female trooper is seen aggressively searching the private parts of the two women. Numerous passing cars can be seen driving along the highway, able to fully view the cavity search. The women also claim that the trooper did not change gloves between searches. One of the women had been suffering from an anal cyst that was irritated by the search, causing her further pain and discomfort.
Eventually Angel, who had been driving, passed a road-side sobriety test and the two were able to leave with just a warning for the original littering complaint. The pain and humiliation caused by the unnecessary escalation that these women were subject to needs to be stopped. The officers were clearly out of line in ordering a body cavity search for a littering violation. Sign the petition to stop officers from ordering unnecessary body cavity searches.
Dear Mr. McCraw,
Two women found themselves living a nightmare when they were forced by police officers into a body cavity search. These women were pulled over for littering, but in a situation escalated by police officers, were humiliated and violated. The strip-search took place on the side of the highway, where cars passing by could view the whole thing. The women also claim that the officer did not change gloves in between searchers. An officer claimed that he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and ordered the search. After finding no drugs in the vehicle and the victims passing a field sobriety test, the women left with a warning for littering.
The pain and humiliation of these two women could have been entirely avoided. Their actions did not warrant a body cavity search, especially one on the side of the road. Police officers need to use better justifications in ordering strip searches. Please stop these unwarranted body cavity searches.
[Your Name Here]
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