Here in Texas, women have no rights. I mean, come on, given the last few weeks the accusation rings true. Earlier today, I stumbled upon dash-cam videos (not Russian ones) further cementing the accusation that women have no rights in Texas. Two of them, to be exact. In each one, Texas state troopers were conducting… well… I’ll just let you see it.
In the above video, two women — Brandy Hamilton and Alexandria Randle — are pulled over by Texas state troopers on Highway 288, in Brazoria County. Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Randle are in bathing suits, heading back from a presumably fun-filled trip to Surfside Beach. They were speeding.
While yes, speeding is definitely something that warrants being pulled over by a state trooper, the events that you all saw play out in that video were definitely not something that someone typically has to go through in the middle of receiving a speeding citation. What happened in this case was pure, unadulterated sexual assault.
This video is a little easier to hear. Angela Dobbs, 38, and her niece, Ashley, 24, are pulled over by Texas state troopers near the area of Highway 161 and Beltline Road in Irving. Again, under the guise of searching for pot, the officers poked and prodded both women — under their breasts, inside their genitals, and inside their rectums — performing a roadside cavity search. Also, as in the first video, they found no pot.
Needless to say, all four of them women in these videos have sued the officers and the Department of Public Safety over the matter.
What’s truly bothersome about this is that Texas state troopers, the most powerful faction of law enforcement in this state, feel like this form of search is justifiable and not a violation of people’s rights, not to mention their bodies. Searches like this rarely happen to men (hell, men just get beat and thrown in the tank) and it makes me wonder if and when this will happen again, and to whom. I mean, could it end up being one of my friends, or worse yet, my wife? I don’t have an answer for that and it bothers me to think that at any time some drooling, sex-starved, backwoods Texas state trooper could pull someone I care about over and violate them, all in the name of imaginary pot (or something else that’s ridiculous).
Here’s the thing. Cavity searches are not only morally reprehensible, but are DEFINITELY fucked up when being conducted on the side of the road, no matter what time of the day it may be. First off, it’s humiliating. Secondly, it’s not a spectator sport. Thirdly, it’s morally reprehensible, as I stated before. I mean, shit.
This little update to The Zephyr Lounge is just an appetizer for a longer, more aggravating post about law enforcement that will be appearing within the next couple of days. While inspired and written with the facts in the text, the majority of this post is a reflection of my attitudes toward cavity searches, and more specifically, cavity searches conducted in public.