A Spring, Texas, woman has gone public with her story of having her vagina forcibly searched by cops when they claimed that they could smell weed in her car. Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old African-American woman, had allegedly run through a stop sign when a Harris County patrol car pulled her over on June 21. When a deputy officer claimed he smelled weed in Corley’s car, he handcuffed her and put her in the back of the patrol car while they searched her vehicle. The officer found nothing in the car.
However, upon returning to the patrol car, the deputy officer claimed he smelled the weed in his car now, and that he’d have to call a female officer in to search Corley’s body for weed. From KTRK:
“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 said.
She admits hesitating. Deputies say she resisted.
“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,’” Corley told us candidly.
Because the probe took place in a public parking lot and because Corley says that she did not give her consent, Corley’s lawyer says that the search was “unconstitutional” and she is filing a complaint with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Corley told KTRK, “I feel like they sexually assaulted me! I really do. I feel disgusted, downgraded, humiliated.”
A spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas Gilliland, says that both officers did everything as they should have.