R ecently released dashcam video confirms what a Black college student has claimed for the past two years–that Texas police violated her during a traffic stop.
According to lawyer Sam Cammack, this video and its images reflect that on June 20, 2015 his client, Charneisha Corley, was sexually assaulted by three deputies who “searched” her genitals for 11 minutes.
“A 21-year-old African-American, female, college student, had never had any criminal history never been in trouble,” Cammack told FOX 26 Houston News.
Vice News reported that after Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign, cops claimed they smelled marijuana and ultimately recovered 0.2 grams of pot– a misdemeanor in Texas. But they did the absolute most to find it.
“One of the officers on the tape, he was talking to a passenger who was already in custody in the officer’s car and you could hear him telling that individual ‘Oh we are going to find something, even if we have to put our hands on her’,” he added.
Sadly, putting their hands on her is exactly what they did, ripping off her pants and underwear, exposing her to anyone who drove by.
“This same officer body slammed Miss Corley, stuck her head underneath the vehicle and completely pulled her pants off, leaving her naked and exposed in that Texaco parking lot,” he continued.
Her lawyer adds that the police then “raped” her.
“They then took Miss Corley and placed both ankles behind her ears spread eagle position and started to search for something in Miss Corley’s cavity in her vaginal area.”
When they finished after 11 “excruciating” minutes, the officers “allowed” her to get from under the car and cover up herself.
Corley filed criminal charges against the police, not surprisingly they were dismissed “the very day the case was set for trial and within minutes rapidly re-presented to a grand jury, with what the DA’s office calls ‘new evidence’ which must remain ‘secret,’” FOX 26 noted.
While Harris County prosecutor Natasha Sinclair stresses that what happened to Corley was “inappropriate” and “shouldn’t have happened,” she isn’t sure if it was criminal.
“I feel terrible for what happened to Miss Corley. It should never have happened and unfortunately we are in the business of prosecuting criminal offenses and though it may not be criminal, it doesn’t mean she won’t receive justice,” said Sinclair.
Corley’s lawyer stresses that Sinclair is incorrect– there was no new evidence that would justify the charges to be dropped.
“The new evidence they’re claiming they had had nothing to do with any material fact in the case,” Cammack told Vice.
He is also calling for an independent prosecutor that does not work for Harris County to be called in to investigate the case. Cammack is currently suing Harris Country in Federal Court for violating his client’s her civil rights.
Meanwhile, the officers involved have been placed on administrative duty and could be back on the streets in the near future, which is unacceptable for Corley.
“They’re supposed to protect you. They’re supposed to keep you safe, not rape you. That’s how I feel. I feel like I was raped,” Corley told Click2Houston.
In 2015, Corley filed a multimillion dollar civil suit that is still pending. Hopefully, this video can help re-open her criminal case.
31 Black Women Who Died In Police Custody
1. Kathryn Johnston, 92Source:Getty 1 of 26
2. Tarika Wilson, 26Source:Getty 2 of 26
3. Shereese Francis, 30Source:Getty 3 of 26
4. Shantel Davis, 23Source:Getty 4 of 26
5. Alesia Thomas, 35Source:Getty 5 of 26
6. Malissa Williams, 30Source:Getty 6 of 26
7. Darnesha Harris, 17Source:Getty 7 of 26
8. Shelly Frey, 27Source:Getty 8 of 26
9. Miriam Carey, 34Source:Getty 9 of 26
10. Yvette Smith, 47Source:Getty 10 of 26
11. Michelle Cusseaux, 50Source:Getty 11 of 26
12. Aura Rosser, 40Source:Getty 12 of 26
13. Tanisha Anderson, 37Source:Getty 13 of 26
14. Eleanor Bumpurs, 66Source:Getty 14 of 26
15. Natasha McKenna, 37Source:Getty 15 of 26
16. Janisha Fonville, 20Source:Getty 16 of 26
17. Meagan Hockaday, 26Source:Getty 17 of 26
18. Alexia Christian, 25Source:Getty 18 of 26
19. Sandra Bland, 28Source:Getty 19 of 26
20. Gynnya McMillen, 16Source:Getty 20 of 26
21. Symone Marshall, 22Source:Getty 21 of 26
22. Korryn Gaines, 23Source:Getty 22 of 26
23. Deborah Danner, 66Source:Getty 23 of 26
24. Alteria Woods, 21Source:Getty 24 of 26
25. Charleena Lyles, 30Source:Getty 25 of 26
26. Cariann Denise Hithon, 22Source:Getty 26 of 26
Dashcam Shows Police Searching Black Woman’s Vagina During Traffic Stop was originally published on newsone.com