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Public Safety News
Harris County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Monday, August 14, 2017

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez issues statement regarding 2015 suspect search

I understand and respect the community’s concerns regarding the parking lot search of a female suspect during a June 2015 traffic stop. I want to be emphatically clear that today’s Harris County Sheriff’s Office is fully committed to ensuring that every resident of our community is treated with dignity and respect, even if they are suspected of committing a crime. We hold the public’s trust as sacred, and we will always strive to be worthy of that trust.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office policy prohibits deputies from conducting strip searches without a warrant. In cases in which a warrant is obtained, strip searches must be conducted in a private, sanitary, and appropriate facility.

Criminal charges are no longer pending against two of the deputies involved in this case. Deputy W. Strong, who did not actively participate in the search of the suspect in this case, will be allowed to return to patrol duties. Deputy R. Pierre, who initiated t he search, will remain in her current assignment within the Communications and Technology Bureau.

This incident is the subject of an ongoing civil lawsuit.

— Sheriff Ed Gonzalez




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