Police Abuse

Probing Women's Vaginas For Contraband May Be Standard Practice for Texas Troopers

Two incidents currently being litigated


The first video was graphic enough. Two women, as shown in a Texas state trooper's dash cam recording, are probed in their vaginas and rectums by a glove-wearing female officer after a routine traffic stop near Dallas.

A few days later, a second video surfaced. It was an eerily similar scenario, but this time the traffic stop was just outside Houston, and with different troopers. Two women, pulled over for allegedly speeding, are subjected to body cavity searches by a female officer summoned to the scene by a male trooper.

Unlike the earlier tape, this one had clear audio. Yells can be heard as the female trooper shoves her gloved finger inside one woman.

In both invasive incidents, the female troopers don't change gloves between probes, according to the horrified victims.

Texas officials say the searches are unconstitutional. So do attorneys for the shaken women, who have filed federal lawsuits.

But lawyers and civil rights advocates tell the Daily News these cavity searches are really standard policy among the Texas Department of Public Safety's state troopers, despite their illegality — not to mention that they were conducted on the side of the road in full view of passing motorists.

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  1. Which is why I was monosyllabic but polite to the Texas State Trooper who followed me for 45 minutes then stopped me on the pretense that I was speeding (10 seconds after pulling out of a stop light). He lied and asked me dozens of questions about my family, where I live, where my parents live, where I was going, how long I was there… Questioned me for 10 minutes before checking my ID and telling me I could go.

    Only good to come of it is my 3 eldest sons are now terrified of the police. As they should be.

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