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    TSA trained Texas Cop Suspended for Cavity Search

    A Texas state trooper caught on dash camera giving body cavity searches using the same glove on both of the to two women has been suspended. Trooper Kelly Helleson was suspended after the two women she searched as part of a traffic stop earlier this year sued her and another trooper for violation of privacy. "Any search that unreasonably invades the bodily integrity of a citizen is in violation of the Fourth Amendment and is therefore in violation of DPS policy," said department spokesperson Katherine Cesinger.

    The case involving two Texas women who claim they were subjected to an illegal and humiliating ‘roadside body cavity search’ will be investigated by the Dallas County District Attorney’s office of public integrity and will go before a grand jury next month, The Dallas Morning News reported.

    Angel Hobbs, 38, and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Hobbs, were stopped by a state trooper along Highway 161 in July. They told the officer that they were headed to a casino in Oklahoma. But the trooper said he smelled marijuana inside the car, reported.

    The women reportedly denied having any marijuana. The trooper didn’t believe them and called for a female officer to conduct a search, the report said.

    Angel Hobbs and her niece said the search happened on the side the road and in front of the patrol car’s camera. Video shows the female officer’s hand on their breasts and down the back and front of both women’s pants penetrating the woman.

    She did not change plastic gloves between the searches, the women said.

    "We believe that he pretextually made it up, fabricated it. There was no marijuana smell," said Scott Palmer, their attorney.

    "I was molested. I was violated. I was humiliated in front of other traffic. I had to witness my niece go through the same thing," Angel Hobbs said.

    Attorney Pete Schulte, a former cop who is not associated with the case, said he can't determine just by looking at the video if the search went to the point of the women being violated.

    "If they did go that far then that becomes aggravated sexual assault because with the fourth amendment and with my years as police and in my years as an attorney and training at the police academy this would not happen," he said.

    Other law enforcement sources agreed that these types of searches don't happen out in public, but the women claim it did happen to them.

    "I don't know what I could say or what I could do. I felt hopeless," Ashley Hobbs said.

    While the department does not discuss cases with pending litigation, it does acknowledge the Texas Rangers conducted an inquiry and turned those findings over to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, the report said.

    The searches subsequently left a painful reminder of the incident. “Angel Dobbs said Helleson irritated an anal cyst she suffers from during the search, causing her ‘severe and continuing pain and discomfort,’” reported the dallas news (link below) DASH CAM VIDEO HERE.

    DPS first response to this when the complaint was filed was they said they felt the search was reasonable and only until it hit the news did they suspend the trooper and change their statement.
    Last edited by zack991; 12-21-2012 at 08:20 PM.
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    Just another example of a "power grab" (pun intended).

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    They felt the search was reasonable? Really? I would hate to see what would be considered an unreasonable search.

    Texas is quickly becoming a HUGE police state. When you have instances like this, mixed with supposed Constitution free zones tens of miles away from the Texas/Mexico border, then that is a police state if there ever was one.

    I hope these women get PLENTY of money and the badges of the officers involved. Sadly, that probably will not happen. They will get a little money, and the pigs that did this to them will go on violating some more Texans' rights.

    I find it amusing that the Texas legislature has claimed their soveriegnty under the Tenth Amendment from the oppressive Federal Government because they get "oppressed," but yet we keep hearing about all of these oppressive acts happening in Texas to the citizens of the state. Typical government that is NO different than the Federal Government -- it's okay for them to pick on their "subjects" but it is not okay when the Federal Governmet does it to "them."
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