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Two Girls; One Glove

A 38 year old Texas woman and her 24 year old niece are suing two Texas Highway Patrol Troopers and the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety in federal court after a roadside body cavity search. From the Dallas Morning News:

They claim that a female trooper, Kelley Helleson, used her fingers to search their anuses and vaginas — using the same latex glove — while on the side of the road in full view of passing vehicles.

They said David Farrell, a state trooper, had called Helleson to the scene after stopping the women’s vehicle and questioning them about marijuana. Farrell told them he stopped them after seeing them throw cigarette butts out of the window, according to the lawsuit.

He asked for the search because he said the women were “acting weird,” the suit said.

Farrell searched their vehicle for marijuana but didn’t find any, they said. He then tried to “morph this situation into a DWI investigation,” the lawsuit said. Angel Dobbs passed a roadside sobriety test and the women were given warnings for littering, the suit said.

During the search of Angel Dobbs’ anus, Helleson irritated one of the cysts she suffers from, the lawsuit said, causing her “severe and continuing pain and discomfort.”

“Angel Dobbs was overwhelmed with emotion and a feeling of helplessness and reacted stating that Helleson had just violated her in a most horrific manner,” the lawsuit said.

An edited version of the dashboard cam video is below and unfortunately the female Trooper’s mic was either off or malfunctioning. I can’t imagine she would do that without consent, but it is rather convenient that the mic is off isn’t it? Regardless… searches like this have to stop. Obviously there is more to this video and the story and I hope the cops come out looking better than they do. They get the benefit of my doubt as well as under the law, but as a policy matter I’m uncomfortable with such procedures unless it’s an officer safety issue. I’m willing to let those joints move on down the road. Video is squirm inducing in parts, mildly NSFW:

I can’t seem to find a copy of the lawsuit filed, but there is, as they say, more to the story.

8 comments to Two Girls; One Glove

  • -fritz-

    The ads on this video are on insta-play!!!

  • -fritz-

    This whole scenario is very alarming! Probable cause be damned! Search warrant, some privacy, please, and someone besides the biggest lesbian in the DPS to do the search…please!

    Having lived in Texas for twenty years, and I mean this so as not to offend Floyd, since he worked for DPS for a while, if memory serves, but Texas Highway patrol, always seemed to me to be a large group of jerks! I respect what they do, and what they are up against, but they are way over the top a lot, with the attitude.

  • I’m surprised no one has anything to say about cops digitally penetrating motorists on America’s highways.

  • kbiel

    WTF, DPS? Sorry, Floyd, there is nothing that is going to make this look better for Trooper Helleson. The best that the DPS can hope for is that the media and/or prosecutors can not find any evidence that she had done this before and a cover up. I truly hope the DPS have not become the LAPD of Texas.

    (BTW, their unequivocal statement about cavity searches being unreasonable and unconstitutional and therefore against policy gives me hope that Helleson started making her own policy.)

    • Legally — consent will protect the Troopers most likely. The policy seems unconstitutional — which is why they sued the DPS — bigger pay day and the policy setter,.

  • goozer

    In Texas, if you give the finger to your friendly DPS Trooper, they’ll be happy to return the gesture. :-o

    or

    Those two women were wrongly fingered for possession. ;-)

    Either way, it’s their payday.

  • Loyal Goatherd

    George Bush turnpike! It’s Bush’s Fault! Easier ANALysis, not to be found.

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