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"And so there you have it. Holding a woman down and forcibly penetrating her vagina to search for pot is official policy in Harris County."
Corely has filed a complaint with the Harris County Sherriff's Office Internal Affairs Division. The County Sherriff's Office is refusing comment until the completion of the internal affairs investigation.
"Once again, it seems that a Black female body has been violated by Texas law enforcement for no reason," Jamilah Lemiuex wrote for Ebony Magazine.
Police violence against women of color, specifically Black women, often manifests as sexual violence, although sexual assault by police officers is not often considered in public dialogue about police violence. The African American Policy Forum, founded by UCLA Professor of Law Kimberle Crenshaw and leading theorist in race and racism, issued a report in May of this year titled "Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women," in which gender-specific issues of police brutality are analyzed. In this report, Crenshaw and other authors hope to expand the analysis of police violence to include gender-specific issues faced by Black women.
Currently, there is a great paucity of data surrounding gender-specific of police brutality against Black women. There is no concise collection of sexual or other forms of gender-based violence committed by police officers in this country. But as the AAPF report says, "the erasure of Black women is not purely a matter of missing facts." National media attention for #BlackLivesMatter has largely been on the shooting deaths of African American men at the hands of white police officers, and this media attention shapes how researchers and advocates tend to shape national dialogue.
Media Resources: Media Resources: ABC13 8/5/15; AAPF Report May 15; Ebony Magazine 8/12/15;
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