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Beachgoers sue over cavity search on Houston area highway

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Posted at 9:30 PM, Jul 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 21:30:21-04

Two women pulled over for speeding in Brazoria County are suing the officers involved in the search.

The entire stop was recorded on dashboard camera by the state trooper who pulled the two over.

It started as a stop for speeding.

One of the women asked if she could put her dress on and the officer responded, “Don’t worry about it, come on out here.”

Brandy Hamilton, who was still in her bikini, and passenger Alexandria Randle never expected their trip home from the beach would lead to a body cavity search on the side of highway 288.

“One of them has got her zipper open on her pants or her daisy dukes shorts whatever they are.”

That’s the trooper on the radio calling for a female backup.

He reportedly smelled marijuana and found a small amount in the car.

The women say the trooper never changed gloves between the searches.

Nothing was found on either woman.

The female trooper from that day was fired. The male trooper suspended.

One of the women is still dealing with a marijuana charge.

Both have filed a federal lawsuit against the officers involved.

Both women are asking for an undisclosed amount in their civil suit, which also names a Brazoria County Sheriff’s Deputy who responded to the scene.

The state department of public safety released a statement saying it does not tolerate any conduct that violates the law or DPS training or policy.