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State trooper fired for roadside cavity search

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A state trooper has been fried for performing a body cavity search on two women wearing bikinis driving back from the beach. She is the second trooper fired this year for cavity searches.

The search took place in Brazoria County just south of Houston.

Two women say they were headed back from a beach trip on Memorial Day of last year when a male Department of Public Safety trooper pulled them over for speeding.

Once stopped, the DPS trooper said he smelled marijuana. He searched the car and claims to have found a small amount.

He ordered a female trooper to come to the scene to do a cavity search. She searched both women inside a patrol car on the side of the road. By this time a male sheriff's deputy was also on the scene.

The female trooper has since been fired. The male trooper was suspended. The women involved are suing.

The incident mirrors a similar case that happened near Irving last July. Two women were stopped for allegedly tossing cigarettes out of their car. A female trooper performed a cavity search. That trooper was fired. The women involved have also sued.

"There needs to be swift and thorough investigation and upon the consequences to make sure that behavior if that has really occurred that is offensive to women that it is not allowed and the consequences are there," Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte, (D) Bexar County said.

"It creates this culture of abuse within the department," Jim Harrington of the Texas Civil Rights Project said. "They think they have the power that they can stop people eon the street and do a body cavity search that is repulsive and I think that goes to the top desk as to why this is going on."

The top desk, DPS Director Steven McCraw would not do an on camera interview with FOX 7 Wednesday. He instead provided his statement:

"The Department does not and will not tolerate any conduct that violates the U.S. and Texas constitutions, or DPS training or policy."

The driver of the car in the Houston case, Brandy Hamilton, was charged with class B misdemeanor for possession of marijuana. Her attorney plans to debate that in court.

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