January 31, 2014
An investigation out of Georgia has uncovered multiple police
departments engaged in strip searches as well as searches inside the
pants of drivers pulled over for minor traffic violations.
A driver argues against an officer’s illegal search off camera as he is forced to unbuckle his pants (2:05).
“He was like, ‘Just unbuckle all your clothes’ and put his hands down inside my pants,” Terry Phillips told Channel 2 Action News.
While sitting in the passenger seat after his wife was pulled over
for a suspended registration, Phillips was unexpectedly ordered to exit
the vehicle by Forest Park police. Coming up empty on a vehicle search,
police suddenly turned their attention back towards Phillips, demanding
he submit to a search as well.
Expecting a legal, outside the clothes pat down, Phillips consented
to the officer’s requests, only to have the officer demand he pull down
his pants on the side of the road.
“That’s illegal, man, you can’t do that. You can’t do that,” Phillips told the officer.
Noting that Phillips was aware of his rights, the officer suddenly
claimed to smell marijuana, demanding Phillips remain still as he
continued his illegal search.