In 2015, Charnesia Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign in Texas. A group of Harris County police officers subjected then-20-year-old Corley to a humiliating 11-minute vaginal search on the side of the road. Her suspected crime? An officer claimed he smelled weed in her car.
The whole encounter was caught on video, but this August a grand jury dismissed charges against the officers. While conversations around state violence seem to center on fatal encounters between black men and police, Corley’s ordeal is indicative of the type of violence women of color face. [READ MORE]