July 3, 2013
Two young women were stopped for speeding on Memorial day 2012 in Brazoria County, Texas. The women had just finished enjoying their holiday at Surfside Beach on the Texas coast when they were pulled over on Highway 288.
After approaching the vehicle, Trooper Nathaniel Turner asks one of the women to exit the car. In the video the woman is heard asking “can I put my dress on? I just have my swimsuit on.”
The trooper replied “no don’t worry about it.” The woman is seen exiting the car wearing a white barely there bikini with a beach hat on.
The trooper radios back attempting to gather more information on the women.
“There is an odor of marijuana in the vehicle,” says the trooper. The women are then separated.
The plaintiff’s attorney Allie Booker says “she’s trying to lean against the car and comply with their orders, but every now and then she has to get some relief from the hot car.”
During the forty minute stop, the trooper even goes as far to answer one of the women’s phones. The trooper is heard telling the caller “I don’t know if that’s who is in custody right now, but I got one so you’ll have to call back whoever’s phone this is.”
According to a local news station, the two women have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Public Safety (DPS) claiming they were mistreated when “authorities forced them to undergo embarrassing body searches right on the side of the road.”
DPS Director Steven McCraw responded to the suit claiming they have not received a copy of the lawsuit but added “The department does not and will not tolerate any conduct that violates the U.S. and Texas constitutions, or DPS training or policy.”
A female trooper arrives on the scene and proceeds with a body cavity search on the females along the highway for everyone to see.
The attorney representing the other plaintiff says “they feel violated, you’re on the side of the road in front of the free world.”
Before the search the trooper tells the young woman “we’re about to get up close and personal with you womanly parts.”
The women complained that the trooper failed to change her gloves during the cavity searches.
DPS says the department’s inspector general immediately conducted an internal investigation. Trooper Jennie Bui, who performed the search, was terminated a few days ago and Trooper Nathaniel Turner is under suspension.
The women’s attorneys say their clients just want justice for the “physical pain and mental anguish” they experienced that day.
The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office has declined to comment while the suit is pending litigation.