Legall search? Lawsuit worthy? What should happen to the cops?
Women Suing State Troopers Over Roadside Cavity Searches | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
To summarize: A woman was pulled over for throwing cigarette butts out of the car window. She and her adult neice were quested about marijuana in the car. "It smells like a daily smoker" thus the cop searched her car without permission and called for a female officer to do a full cavity search. She wore latex gloves however didn't change the gloves at any point during the search.
They found prescription hydrocodone in the car for which the driver had a valid prescription. Later they realized it was missing from her purse.
They filed a complaint but nothing was done so they have gone to the media.
The entire exchange is captured via dashboard camera.
Oh, they were given a warning for the littering.
Was this a legal search since the cop said the car smelled of a daily smoker?
Was it appropriate for the cops to contuct the investigation they did over a misdemeanor crime?
Is it lawsuit worthy?
What should happen to the cops involved?