Violation

Woman, 21, subjected to public cavity search after deputy claimed to smell marijuana

Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old African-American woman, claims that deputies violated her rights by conducting a body cavity search outside of a gas station in Texas. Corley was pulled over by a male deputy for allegedly running a stop sign. Claiming he smelt marijuana, the deputy handcuffed Corley and searched her car for nearly an hour without finding any evidence, says Corley’s attorney, Sam Cammack. The deputy then called in a female deputy who pulled down Corley’s pants and conducted a cavity search in public view. It takes possession of more than four ounces of marijuana to warrant a felony charge in Texas, so even if the cavity search had turned up evidence, the charge would have amounted to a misdemeanor. Unashamed, the local sheriff’s department told media that “the deputies did everything as they should.” The Washington Post’s Radley Balko observes that drug laws have been used to justify a large number of cavity searches, with or without warrants. A majority of Americans believe that pot should be legal, but in some parts of the country, suspicion of marijuana use remains sufficient cause for police to probe a person’s genitals without their consent.

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