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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:16 PM

Pulled over for littering, women given body cavity searches

By Frank Heinz and Ken Kalthoff, NBCDFW.com

Two Irving, Texas, women are suing two Texas State Troopers and the director of the Department of Public Safety after they say they were violated during roadside cavity searches in full view of the public and without probable cause.

On July 13, while driving along state Highway 161, Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by Trooper David Ferrell. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Ferrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for littering for throwing cigarette butts out of the car.

Farrell then returned to his cruiser and, in the video, can be heard calling female trooper Kelley Helleson to the scene to search both women whom he said were acting weird.

While waiting for Helleson to arrive, Farrell asked Angel Dobbs to step out of the vehicle and began questioning her about marijuana use. In the video, the Trooper is heard telling Dobbs he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle while asking her several times how much pot was in the car.

Farrell: How much marijuana is in that car? And don't lie to me.
Angel Dobbs: I don't smoke marijuana.
Farrell: OK, how much marijuana is in that car? That's my question.
Dobbs: I swear to God, I don't smoke marijuana.
Farrell: I'm not asking you if you smoke it.
Dobbs: I don't think there is any marijuana in that car.
Farrell: OK, when was the last time somebody smoked marijuana in that car?
Dobbs: I honestly don't know. It's my boyfriend's car. So, I just borrowed it.
Farrell: There's an odor of marijuana coming from the car and that's why I've got to talk to you further about it. Um, and the more upfront you are the better it's going to go for you. So, you're telling me there's no marijuana in that car?
Dobbs: To the best of my knowledge, no there is not.
Farrell: Is there anything hidden on your person?
Dobbs: On my person?
Farrell: On your person, in your shoes, in your underwear?
Dobbs: No. I feel like I'm being treated like a criminal right now. What's going on?
Farrell: I've got a female trooper up the road, she's going to come down here and we're just going to check a little bit more.

After Helleson arrived, she can be seen in the dashcam video putting on blue latex gloves to conduct a search of both women. According to the lawsuit, when Angel Dobbs asked about the gloves, Helleson "told her not to worry about that.

In the lawsuit, Dobbs said the trooper conducted the cavity search on the roadside, illuminated by the police car's headlights, in full view of any passing motorists.

read the rest at: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/19/16018344-pulled-over-for-littering-women-given-body-cavity-searches#comments

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:22 PM

1. Nothing will get you in more trouble than the desperate fear that somebody, somewhere

is getting away with something.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:27 PM

4. and for pot, no less!

Those women were violated and abused without any cause except for a cop's hunger for busting someone for having pot. It's disgusting and shameful.

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:42 PM

6. I suspect they were not sufficiently deferential to the cop.

And the cop is now going to pay for his touchy attitude, and rightly so.

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:26 PM

2. I got the distinct feeling that the male and female trooper are a couple playing out

some sick power sex fantasies. Wonder how many more women will come forward.



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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:27 PM

3. What the hell is wrong with these cops? How did they think that they can get away with this?

 

And where is Holder, and why isn't he making an effort to enforce the Civil Rights laws?

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Response to AnotherMcIntosh (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:43 PM

7. further in the story it claims that the female cop

USED THE SAME GLOVES ON BOTH WOMEN to perform the cavity search.

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:30 PM

5. Congratulations on winning the Cop Lottery ladies...

...I feel so much safer knowing that officers like this are out there "protecting" us...

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:45 PM

8. I hope they sue the shit out of

The department, and the 2 cops who did this.

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:30 PM

9. The cops will skate and the public pays the settlements. nm

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Response to Politicalboi (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:40 PM

12. the two cops should be fired and charged with sexual assault.

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:40 PM

10. "roadside cavity searches"?

Why would that ever be allowed? ... and for littering? Something is very wrong with these officers, and their superiors.

I hope the two women win this suit.

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:27 PM

11. Driving while Menstruating---a no-no.

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:46 PM

13. Must have been a slow night on Highway 161




... and the troopers need some entertainment.



This is disgusting.


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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 03:57 PM

14. I hope these women get a bundle--but more than likely nothing will happen to those officers

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