Texas Police Under Fire for Performing Invasive Strip Search for .02 oz of Weed

Three police officers instigated a highly invasive search of a Texas woman after suspecting her of possessing marijuana. While the officers have yet to be punished for their actions, dashcam footage of the incident is causing an uproar as people demand the men face charges.

Two years ago, officers in Harris County, Texas pulled over a 21-year-old female college student for running a stop sign, and then said they could smell marijuana in her car. After the officers searched the woman's clothing and finding nothing, they slammed the woman onto the ground and began a strip search. The search lasted 11 minutes and ended with the officers charging the woman with resisting arrest and possession of 0.02 ounces of marijuana.

The entire search was caught on the one of the officers' dashcam. The footage was sent to a local news channel recently, who released clips from the video and recharged the debate. 

Prior to pulling the woman over, another person in the officers' custody heard one of the cops say, "Oh we are going to find something, even if we have to put our hands on her."

A Harris County prosecutor criticized the strip search, but said that there was nothing illegal or wrong with what the officers did. After dropping charges for two of the three officers earlier this month, the prosecutor said she's currently in possession of new evidence and looking to indict the officers again. 

But putting that person with 0.02 ounces of weed sure made a big dent in the War on Drugs!

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