In a suburb of Houston, Texas a mother is telling her story after as she reports she was violently raped by a guard in jail. This happened after she was arrested for admitting to possession of merely less than half a gram of cannabis in her car, for medical use.
The 26 year old mother of two children, Emma Lopez was pulled over by a Katy, Texas Independent School District cop on March 1st for allegedly speeding. Katy is a suburban area with very little crime and even in the minds of people who believe in the police, there isn’t much need for them in the safe area.
Nevertheless as she was polite and complying with the officer who pulled her over, he had to take it too far and said “The minute I stopped you, I could smell marijuana on your car.”
She made the mistake of admitting that in fact she did possess less than half a gram of cannabis in her vehicle, and she actually had an extremely well tested medical reason for needing it, not that she should ever have to justify her use of it as medical: she suffers from seizures and cannabis helps control them.
It has been reported endlessly for the past several years, how people ranging from young children to adults have been effectively treated with cannabis oil for seizures. Some research has even quantified what people already know about it and proved that a full 90 percent of epileptic patients who suffer from seizures and tried cannabis reported a noteworthy reduction in seizures. If you haven’t seen the videos of people having seizures and then immediately stopping after cannabis oil, you must watch those to fully feel the intensity of how effectively it works.
“I have seizures and I don’t even smoke very much,” Lopez said.
Cannabis is fully legal for recreational use in 8 states, including California, Colorado, Nevada, Massachusetts, Oregon, Maine, Alaska, Washington, and Washington D.C., but in Texas it is still nowhere near legal. Texas has extremely good and less good things about it: one of the less good things is how you’re treated by the police, which is very militant all throughout the state.
So when this epileptic, suburban mom was pulled over, they decided to unleash the drug dogs on her. Congratulations: they found less than one blunt of cannabis.
“Unfortunately, you’re going to jail today,” the triumphant cop announced after confiscating a minuscule chunk of plant matter off the woman.
Now in some places as a parent, being caught with just a tiny amount of cannabis could mean losing your kids. Parents really do live in fear of losing their children to CPS, having them taken by the state when they use cannabis in states where it is still illegal. That is one of the most evil things about cannabis prohibition.
But for this woman, hopefully the trauma she was forced to endure when she entered the notorious Harris County Jail will be enough for a jury or a court to never be willing to do her more harm through the legal system.
A few hours after being placed in her cell, a male guard entered the woman’s cell, handcuffed her, and raped her.
“After he asked me to get up and put me up against the wall and handcuffed me, he pulled my pants down and pulled his pants down and I froze,” Lopez said. “I asked him not to do it. He said, ‘If I say anything, he would do it again, and I wouldn’t be able to say anything.’”
She cried for help from the female guards, but they just told her to be quiet and sit down until she was processed. They don’t care if women are literally raped by their co-workers in Harris County Jail.
As soon as she was released the next day, she made a bee line for the hospital to obtain a rape kit and prove she was made into a victim. Michael Edwards, the woman’s attorney is reporting that there is a mountain of evidence to prove she was raped by the jail guard.
“There’s surveillance, there’s jail calls, there’s a number of elements that support Mrs. Lopez in her outcry in what happened to her,” Edwards said.
A US Department of Justice study from 2013 admitted this particular jail had one of the worst rates of sexual assault in the country: Harris County Jail, a location that is even famous throughout the music of Houston.
Now, Emma Lopez is filing a lawsuit against the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the man who arrested her, Sheriff Ed Gonzales. The guard who raped her has as of yet not been identified.
I’m working on this #exclusive story for #abc13 at 6. A young woman, (questionably) arrested for having a tiny amount of pot while driving near a school, is allegedly raped in the Harris County Jail. As of tonight, the jailer has not yet been identified.My story—>> http://abc13.com/3425908/
Posted by ABC13-Miya Shay on Thursday, May 3, 2018