"Rape By Cop": Controversial Dashcam Video Of Over 10-Minute Roadside Cavity Search

August 17, 2017
By: Catherine Townsend

Image from the dashcam footage of Charneshia Corley’s traffic stop in June 2015

Photo by: Tom Namako / YouTube (screenshot)

Tom Namako / YouTube (screenshot)

Image from the dashcam footage of Charneshia Corley’s traffic stop in June 2015

HOUSTON, TX — Shocking dashcam footage that appears to show a deputy from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office pulling the pants off of a 23-year-old Black woman to perform a body-cavity search has been released by the woman’s attorney.

Charneshia Corley filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the Harris County Sheriff’s Office over the roadside body-cavity search, which took place in June 2015.

Sam Cammack released the video on Monday after charges were filed against two Harris County sheriff’s deputies involved in the search, but the district attorney’s office declined to prosecute.

Cammack called the search “rape by cop” and called for an independent prosecutor to consider sexual assault and official oppression charges against all three of the Harris County deputies who were allegedly involved in the incident.

In June 2015, Corley was pulled over in northwest Houston for running a stop sign. In her lawsuit, Corley said that after interviewing her, the deputies claimed to smell marijuana, but found nothing in a search of her car. Nevertheless, Corley was charged with marijuana possession and resisting arrest — but the charges were later dropped.

Female officers told Corley to remove her pants and shone a flashlight onto her exposed genital area to conduct a “visual strip search,” according to the lawsuit she filed. In the video, Corley can be seen on her stomach as a female deputy removes her pants and pushes her legs upward.

In the lawsuit, Corley claims that when she protested the body search, the deputies threw her to the ground while handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs apart, and “without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana.” Corley told CNN in 2015 that a female officer “proceeded to stick her fingers in me.”

Corley’s attorney joined protesters and Black Lives Matter activists at a news conference Monday in front of the Harris County Criminal Courthouse — and said the two deputies whose cases were dismissed should be on trial.

In a statement, the Harris County sheriff said, “Harris County Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits deputies from conducting strip searches without a warrant. In cases in which a warrant is obtained, strip searches must be conducted in a private, sanitary, and appropriate facility.”