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AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw has reinstated Trooper Jennie Bui after a Brazoria County Grand Jury declined to take any action against her regarding a body cavity search conducted during a traffic stop in May 2012. The Department took preliminary action in June to terminate Trooper Bui shortly after learning about the incident.
“After extensive criminal and administrative investigations surrounding the facts and circumstances of this incident, it was determined that the relatively inexperienced trooper was directed by a more senior trooper to conduct the inappropriate search. While the actions of Trooper Bui constitute misconduct, I believe her actions are mitigated such that she should not be terminated from the agency. Instead of being discharged, Trooper Bui will be suspended without pay for 60 days and placed on six months disciplinary probation, and will be required to attend additional training regarding arrest, search and seizure,” Director McCraw said.
Based upon the results of an internal investigation, the more senior trooper, Nathaniel Turner, was terminated.
“Trooper Turner’s conduct was unacceptable, and violated DPS policy and was outside any authorized training provided to Trooper Turner by DPS,” Director McCraw said. “DPS holds its employees to the highest standards, and we will continue to take immediate action in any instance of misconduct to ensure our employees are held accountable.”
The Department has recently required every DPS commissioned officer to re-familiarize themselves with the department policy on strip searches and body cavity searches. Following that review, each officer has been required to sign an acknowledgement of receiving, reading and understanding the search policy.
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