A mother in Texas was jailed then raped by a guard after getting caught with less than a gram of marijuana, according to a lawsuit filed by the victim.
On March 1st, Emma Lopez-Pound - a 26-year-old mother - was pulled over near her home in Katy, Texas and arrested for possession of a half gram of cannabis. Daniel Sanchez, the arresting office, claims he pulled Lopez-Pound over while inside a school zone, therefore justifying his decision to detain her for such a small amount of marijuana.
But Lopez-Pound claims that she was pulled over outside of the school zone, and should have merely received a citation and been released. So she is pressing charges for wrongful arrest as well as sexual assault. After getting booked, Lopez-Pound was allegedly raped by one of the prison guards.
"After he asked me to get up and put me up against the wall and handcuffed me, he pulled my pants down and pulled his pants down and I froze. I asked him not to do it. He said, if I said anything, he would do it again," she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after her release.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales has pledged to take "swift action" if these allegations are true.
Every inmate in our jail deserves to feel safe. I give my word that we will devote every necessary resource to investigate an allegation that a female inmate was sexually assaulted by an employee. We will take swift, strong action if the evidence supports it. #lesm #hounews— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) May 4, 2018
But his words offer little reassurance to Lopez-Pound, who feels like she's lost both her body and mind over a a negligible amount of marijuana.
"I feel like when I look at my body, it's not mine. I feel like I'm losing my mind," she said, adding that she doesn't feel safe leaving her house alone.
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