Texas attorney Samuel Cammack III has released dashcam footage which he says shows police humiliating a black college student by searching her vagina.
The assault was carried out on June 21, 2015 when the victim was pulled over by Harris County deputies for allegedly running a stop sign. 23-year-old Charnieisha Corley was only 20 years old at the time she was humiliated by cops for no just cause. Texas attorney Cammack said that what his client was subjected to is "rape by cop"
Charnieisha Corley was a college student with no criminal history when cops stopped her, claiming they could smell marijuana coming from her car. They searched but found nothing in her car and that's when things escalated. In the dashcam footage released in Monday by Corley's attorney, the handcuffed woman is seen being thrown to the ground by a female officer. The deputies then took off Corley's pants, opened her legs, and searched her, shined a flashlight onto her naked vagina and "penetrated her vagina," all in a convenience store parking lot.
The video shows Corley lying on the ground with her legs open while two female officers alternately stand and kneel over her for approximately 11 minutes. A male officer stands close by but his back was mostly turned to Corley and the other officers. At a point, the police officers put both of Corley's ankles behind her ears, leaving her in a spread-eagled position and they proceeded to search inside her vagina for at least 11 minutes.
Corley's attorney said she was body slammed by the officers and they stuck her head underneath the vehicle before they completely pulled her pants off, leaving her naked and exposed in that Texaco parking lot.
In the full video which is too graphic, Corley can be heard telling the officers after the search, "That was extreme, to pull my clothes down, in front of people. People were watching. You didn’t see people walking around?"
"They sexually assaulted, raped me and molested me," Corley later said while speaking of the assault.
In June 2016, two of the deputies were indicted on charges of official oppression for allegedly mistreating Corley while on the job. According to Harris County District Attorney's Office Civil Rights Division Chief Natasha Sinclair, if the deputies had been found guilty, they would have faced up to one year behind bars, and/or a $4000 fine, and would likely have lost their jobs. The case was scheduled to go to trial on Monday, August 7, but according to Sinclair, their office "found significant new evidence that we believed we had to present to the grand jury."
However, on the Friday before the trial was to begin, prosecutors dropped the charges and presented the case to a new grand jury. That grand jury declined to indict the officers. Corley lawyer said they plan to sue for $15 million and the civil case is set to go to trial in January 2018.
He told Crimesider he plans to ask for an independent prosecutor to look into the DA's handling of the case against the deputies.