Civil Liberties

Texas Cops Actually Indicted for Possible Sexual Assault, Theft Under Guise of a Drug Search


Followup on this story from last year that you read about on Reason 24/7. The details from then:

Two Texas women say police subjected them to an illegal and humiliating body cavity search, after they were pulled over for allegedly tossing cigarette butts out of the window of their vehicle while on a road trip to Oklahoma.

Angel Dobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley, have filed a federal lawsuit against Texas State Troopers and the head of their department, CBS DFW reports

The lawsuit states that State Trooper David Farrell claimed he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and called in a female trooper to do a cavity search to see if the women were hiding anything illegal. He allegedly made the call prior to establishing any probable cause or suspicion that the women were involved in illegal activity beyond littering.

Believe it or not, now the cops have actually been indicted just as if they were normal citizens who had done the same thing, as reported by CBS Dallas/Fort Worth:

Angel and Ashley Dobbs say they're relieved and pleased two state troopers now face criminal charges after this controversial traffic stop caught on dashcam video last July….

It shows trooper Kelly Helleson conducting a body cavity search of both women on an off-ramp of the Bush Turnpike in Irving last July.

Angel's niece, Ashley Dobbs says, "I feel good about it. Justice is being served."

As we reported first last Friday, a Dallas County Grand Jury charged Helleson with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.

If convicted, she would have to register as a sex offender.

The Department of Public Safety fired Trooper Helleson.

She is appealing…..

The other trooper, David Farrell, who initiated the traffic stop, is charged with theft.

Angel Dobbs says her bottle of prescription pills was stolen during the traffic stop…

DPS says Trooper Farrell remains suspended pending the outcome of an administrative investigation….

The video: