Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that a Texas State Trooper performed illegal cavity searches on the side of the road (video below).
The women were pulled over after a cigarette butt was thrown out of their car window.
State Trooper David Farrell called a female trooper to perform cavity searches because he claimed to smell marijuana and thought the women were “acting weird,” reports KTVT-TV.
Angel Dobbs said that female trooper Kelley Helleson asked for her permission to perform the cavity search and then told her to “shut up and just listen.”
A dashcam video shows Trooper Helleson searching the anuses and vaginas of both women with the same latex gloves in full view of passing cars.
Angel Dobbs told KTVT-TV: "At this point, I’m in clear shock. I can’t even believe this is happening. Turns me around goes down into the front of my pants into my inner thigh and at which point she goes up with two fingers. I just look at her and say 'Oh my God, I’ve just been violated.' I was molested, I was violated. I was humiliated."
Trooper Helleson performed the same procedure on Ashley Dobbs without changing her gloves.
Ashley Dobbs added: "She went down, then turned me around, and went down my front and then she actually dug. I didn’t know what I could say, what I could do. I felt hopeless.”
After the body cavity searches turned up nothing, Angel Dobbs was given a sobriety test, which she passed. The women were then given a ticket for littering and allowed to leave.
The Dobbs' lawyer Scott H. Palmer told the Dallas Morning News that the incident was a roadside sexual assault: "You can see what's happening clearly. No one's ever seen the likes of this. We can't let them get away with it."
The women filed a complaint with the Texas Department of Public Safety, which claimed it had “conducted an inquiry surrounding the events."
However, the two women claim the Texas Department of Public Safety ignored previous complaints about "unlawful strip searches, cavity searches and the like" and are suing the director, Steven McCraw.