What amazes me about this story, is not only is this an illegal, sexually-violating police search, but that it happened on a public road, for anyone driving by to see. These two women were pulled over, for allegedly tossing a cigarette butt out the window – and given full body internal searches.
Angel Dobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Dobbs, were stopped along Highway 161 in Texas in July. Gloves were not changed between back to front probes, which could lead to infection. And shockingly, gloves were not changed between the two women.
Under Texas law, this is considered sexual assaults/rape.
Texas Penal Code Sec. 22.011. SEXUAL ASSAULT. (a) A person commits an offense if the person: (1) intentionally or knowingly: (A) causes the penetration of the anus or sexual organ of another person by any means, without that person’s consent;
And after all of that – no ticket was issued. The incident happened last December and the women are now filing suit. (See update below)
This is not the first time a search like this has taken place, reported, or become news. Here is the video of another incident where two women are searched and internally probed on the side of the road. One woman yells in pain as the female trooper shoved her hand inside the woman. In this ‘search’ the troopers did not bother to check the women’s socks/shoes.
In both videos, you will hear women laughing a bit during the probes. I assure you they do not find this funny – those are nervous reactions to the humiliation and shock they are experiencing. I admire them for coming forward with their stories.
It’s hard to wrap my brain around what is happening in Texas, and specifically to women.This is not to say such things do not happen around the country, they do. But Texas is being especially exposed, and with more women coming forward to report violations, there is a chance for change. I am grateful to people courageous enough to stand up to the law when wronged, as well as to social media for circulating these videos causing some to go viral. Public outrage and protests help to create new laws.
Here is a local news report on the incident from KTVT, broadcast Dec. 18, 2012:
For Full Story: Daily News. (Special thanks to Ilene Leftwing and Glen Stockard)
UPDATE: As reported by NBC 5, Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece Ashley Dobbs, 24, have settled a lawsuit over the incident. Their attorney, Charles Soechting, told NBC 5 that his clients have settled for $185,000.
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