21-year old woman says that she feels as though she was ‘sexually assaulted and humiliated’
It’s hard to know where to start with this one. Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old black woman from Houston, Texas, has accused a cop of pulling her over while she drove in her car and conducting a "vaginal search" in order to find weed.
Weed might have been legalised in four states in America, but if the alleged actions of this eager cop are anything to go by, Texas is way off. Speaking to KTRK, Corley says she was out shopping for her sick mother on June 21 when she was pulled over by a male police officer for a traffic violation and asked to step out of the car after he smelt weed.
He searched the vehicle but couldn’t find it it. Unwilling to let it go, he called for a female officer. "She tells me to pull my pants down," says Corely. "I said, "Ma’am, I don’t have any underwear on.' She says, 'Well, that doesn't matter. Pull your pants down.' I bend over and she proceeds to try to force her hand inside of me."
A spokesperson for Harris County Sheriff’s Office told KTRK that the officers did nothing wrong. The cops did find weed – around £50 UK street value – but it’s unclear where or how they found it. Corley is now being charged with two offences – resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.
Corley says that she didn’t give consent for a body cavity search. "I feel like they sexually assaulted me, I really do. I feel disgusted, downgraded, humiliated." Corley claims that one of the officers said that if she didn’t open her legs then they’d get broken.
Irrespective of whether or not she was in possession, there is surely no reason for an arrest and search of this nature? Watch Corley speak out below.