Texas State Troopers Sued Over “Roadside Cavity Search” In Search of Marijuana Possession

article-2250218-1692DF35000005DC-570_634x318-620x310There is a new disturbing video (below) showing police abuse this week. The video shows a Texas state trooper performing what was claimed to be a cavity search on the roadside on suspicion of possession of marijuana. It appears that while states like Colorado are legalizing marijuana, Texas is allegedly doing cavity searches to find someone in possession of weed. I guess it should be no surprise when you are driving on the George Bush Turnpike. The two women — Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece, Ashley Dobbs, 24 — subject to the humiliating search are now suing the police.

The search occurred on July 13 when Angel Dobbs was driving her boyfriend’s car when troopers said they had spotted Dobbs throw a cigarette butt out the window. One of the troopers identified as officer David Ferrell began to question Dobbs about where she was going and then began to question her on possible use of marijuana. Both women denied having any weed.

A second trooper, Kelley Helleson, then arrived and stated that the two women were “acting weird” and needed to be searched. Farrell claimed that he smelled pot which was then apparently the probable cause for the search of the vehicle. Helleson then says that she will be searching their “persons” and Dobb’s asked what “person” meant. While the women were asked for consent, they suddenly found themselves the subjects of what appears a cavity search on the roadside. When Dodds objected, Farrell reportedly told her that is was justified by the odor in the car because “someone is a daily smoker in that car.”

Angel Dobbs claims that Helleson irritated a preexisting condition with the search, an anal cyst, that now causes her “severe and continuing pain and discomfort.”

What is truly astonishing is that this is all over the suspicion of pot use. It also suggests that the cigarette was another pretext for a stop. Many civil libertarians condemned the Supreme Court in its decision in Whren v. United States, 517 U.S. 806 (1996), where it refused to consider whether a stop was clearly based on a pretext in judging the constitutionality of the later search.

The case also shows how we continue to spend considerable resources and arrest thousands of people over marijuana use while a majority of people want such prosecutions to end.

I fail to see any probable cause for this abusive search, even under the ever-failing standards imposed by our Supreme Court.

Source: Daily Mail

68 thoughts on “Texas State Troopers Sued Over “Roadside Cavity Search” In Search of Marijuana Possession”

  1. It is a civil rights violation which could be filed in federal court. However, justice in this case requires something different. Post photos of the cops. “Wanted Anal Search Cop” Post the photo in bathrooms across the state, in rest stops, on the internet, at the State Fair, at the border crossings.
    Cops like this need to be shot first and questioned later.

  2. I understand the issue but as a former smoker, I get really angered when someone throws a cigarette butt out the window which always seems to be lit. Why wasn’t citation issued for littering?

  3. When my girls were applying to various colleges and universities, I told them I would do whatever I could to help them afford whichever school they chose — except those in Texas. I wouldn’t lift a finger to help if they went to a school — public or private — in Texas. The same was pretty much true for any confederate state institution with just a few notable exceptions.

    “Why?” they asked.

    “You know your uncle so-and-so and your aunt so-and-so? You know all you need to know about the South, and especially Texas.”

  4. David,

    Recheck your history….. Texas was one of the few states that created state Indian reservations….

  5. Not all of Texas is bad Michael ….. But then again it’s not as bad as Florida…. On Florida best xday…. If you don’t like Texas…… Highways go in all directions….

    1. AY,

      I’ll concede that crazy for crazy Florida and Texas are certainly equals, but as you know everything is bigger in Texas, so by the law of averages it happens more there.

  6. Commandment #1 in Texas. Thou shalt be white, republican, and christian evangelical, (and worship football & guns)
    No wonder they kicked the Indians out. Of course all the “good” christians did that back in the day.

  7. Texas, the testosterone State. you want excess Y’all come on down. All our excess lives in Texas.

  8. I think the trooper was trying to get some. The trooper should be fired and so should the male cop(s).

    This is just horrendous but the TSA does that and worse thousands of times per day.

    Shut down the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA. If I ever ran for office that would be my campaign.

    They are just emboldening the police forces in this country.

  9. are cops really that interested in busting people for pot? To do cavity searches. Criminals really are smarter than most law enforcement personnel. A criminal uses a body cavity because he has to, a cop searches one because he/she wants to.

    Frustrated gynecologists/proctologists?

  10. Absolutely dredd…. The car registered to the boyfriend created the issue for PC to search….. As I understand there’s more to this story….

  11. Let’s do ”cavity searches” on these officer’s wives and mothers, & daughters, live, on National TV

  12. It clear and has been for years that a stop by police is an occasion for fear for each and every one of us. Police officers see no downside to abusive and, in my opinion in this case, criminal behavior. Why should they? They are rarely punished and the rest of us are all criminals any way. While the banks and corporations have robbed us, the government by refusing to control police misconduct has put us all in prison subject to even to sexual abuse on the side of the road.

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