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The War on Drugs Encourages Roadside Sexual Assaults by Cops

Why did Texas troopers think probing the anuses and vaginas of motorists was reasonable?

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Although the Fourth Amendment already bans "unreasonable searches," Texas legislators still see a need for a law that says cops may not explore the private parts of people they pull over unless they have a warrant. In my latest Forbes column, I try to explain why:

Last week the Texas House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that requires police officers to obtain a warrant before probing the anuses and vaginas of motorists during traffic stops. The fact that the bill was deemed necessary speaks volumes about the way the war on drugs has eroded our Fourth Amendment rights and encouraged cops to inflict outrageous indignities on people they suspect of violating pharmacological taboos.

How often do Texas cops decide to perform body cavity searches on people they pull over for routine traffic offenses? More often than you might think. Looking for the case that gave rise to this bill, I immediately found three cases, all involving young women suspected of marijuana possession.

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41 responses to “The War on Drugs Encourages Roadside Sexual Assaults by Cops

  1. All’s fair in love and war.

    1. Why not finger some young couze if there’s no penalty involved?

  2. These invasive searches highlight the sexist nature of law enforcement. I look forward to a time when men and women are violated with equal frequency.

  3. Hey,these are the ‘boys in blue’.They are all that stands between us and 10 year old’s shooting up drugs,Mexicans with huge leg muscles carrying bails of pot,ISSI,face eating homeless men and animal rape ect,ect.

    1. Seems like we already have those things.

  4. i was worried about rape on the first Mars colony. Someone please handle the raping cops so we can move forward to the REAL issues of the day!

    1. Space rape is a real issue. The reason advanced alien civilizations won’t speak to us is because of our rape culture. This is also why they keep shoving Voyager back so that it seems to be perpetually “leaving the solar system.”

      1. HAL 9000 says no.

        1. HAL 9000 says no, “I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that…”

          fixed

  5. It was a training issue. No one ever taught these cops that it wasn’t OK to go all up in DAT AZZ and VAJAY-JAY.

    1. You know, it used to be the only people subjected to orifice searches were prisoners. Now we all are, at least potentially. What does that make us?

      1. A penal colony?

        1. penile?

        2. When coupled with the increasingly dangerous fauna in the U.S., I’d say yes, we’re now Australia.

      2. Bottoms?

  6. I have a whole different feeling when I see police officers now?.It’s a very touchy thing dealing with them.”

    Phrasing!

  7. According to the New York Daily News, “Helleson apologized in court, saying she was only doing what she was trained to do.”

    I guaranfuckingtee you that’s the case. Supervisors and administrators always get off scot-free.

    1. saying she was only doing what she was trained to do.”

      You know who else was just following orders?

      1. Your mom?

      2. Major T. J. “King” Kong

      3. Dawson and Downey?

      4. Ray Kroc?

  8. Based on a tip from an informant who suggested that McGee might be concealing crack “between his buttocks,”

    Uhm, don’t we all? The “informant” was probably being a smart ass and the joke sailed clean over the cop’s head. Jeez, if we’re going to have unaccountable jack-booted thugs is it too much ask that not be complete retards? (Rhetorical question)

    1. Funny thing is there’s always crack between the buttocks.

    2. Heh. Yeah, I bet he said “he’s got crack in his ass”.

  9. But while the courts probably would conclude that the searches described by these five women were unconstitutional…

    Bull. Shit. (And Sullum goes on to cite cases where various courts upheld searches in cases of suspected drug involvement.)

  10. Burrows’ bill goes further than Dutton’s by requiring a warrant for a body cavity search of anyone detained (but not arrested) by police, whether during a traffic stop or in another context.

    Fortunately for law enforcement, it’s not that difficult to find cause to arrest a person before going spelunking. Breach of peace or some other vague thing that who cares if the charges get dropped later.

    1. It’s also not that difficult in a lot of cases to get a warrant from Judge Rubberstamp either. Still, it at least makes them go through a couple of additional hoops before they can go rummaging around in people’s orifices.

      1. It’s also not that difficult in a lot of cases to get a warrant from Judge Rubberstamp either. Still, it at least makes them go through a couple of additional hoops before they can go rummaging around in people’s orifices.

        I agree. The least our benevolent legislative overlords can do is make it at least somewhat inconvenient to rape our collective assholes.

    2. Breach of peace or some other vague thing that who cares if the charges get dropped later.

      This is a major concern that often doesn’t get discussed. Charges should always result in a trial. If the suspect doesn’t get tried for those charges, then the cop should get tried for some color of law violation, civil rights abuse or something. The only way to stop bad practices is to punish then.

      1. The job of police is not to enforce the law. It’s to make you do what they tell you to do. Doesn’t matter if the orders are legal or not. One of the ways they do this is by threatening to arrest you on bogus charges if you fail to do what they say. Bogus arrests on false charges for failure to obey are routine. It’s how the system is set up to work, because the system isn’t about dealing in justice. It’s about forcing compliance.

  11. The proper way to deal with a cop doing a cavity search: fart in their face.

  12. But but officer safety! You icky libertarians just don’t want our brave boyz in blue to do their jobs and get home safely! /dunphy

  13. NEW DETAILS: Women Describe Body Cavity Search

    Go on…

  14. Godamn pigs muscling in on my territory of exploring luscious nubian bodies…

  15. Why did Texas troopers think probing the anuses and vaginas of motorists was reasonable?

    Because they’re fucking sadists.

    Now, what do I win?

    1. BZZT! Sorry. We were looking for some version of “for the children”. Your consolation prize is a cavity search, you pothead. Thanks for playing!

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