Michael Tice, a Texas state trooper, tried to remove a teenagers’ nipple ring with pliers, NBCDFW reports.
The women, 18-year-old Tayler Myers and 19-year-old Courtney Palacios, were returning to Fort Worth from a concert when Tice stopped them for speeding.
The trooper claimed he found a single pill in the vehicle and arrested the two girls and their two male friends for drug possession.
Myers and Palacios said they were in the back seat of the car and didn’t know about the pill, which Tice said he found in the driver’s door.
While being booked into the Falls County Jail, Tice asked them to remove their piercings.
“And then we told him, ‘Well, where do we go to take out our nipple rings?’” Myers said. “And he was like, ‘You are going to have to do it right here, in the open.’”
They said they turned away and tried.
“We ended up getting one of them out,” Palacios said. “We each got our right one out. But we were having trouble with the left. It was not coming out at all.”
That’s when they Tice went to his car and came back with pliers.
Tice told them to continue to remove the piercings, which they couldn’t.
Then Palacios says Tice touched her.
“He came up to me and he got really close to it, and he was just staring,” Palacios said. “He’s like, ‘I think it unscrews from the left side.’ So then, without gloves or anything – and I could see dirt under his nails, it was extremely disgusting – he gets on there and he tries to twist it and he starts shaking from trying so hard and he ends up pulling it and ripping it and it starts bleeding.”
“I’m like ‘ow, ow, ow, ow, ow,’ saying it really loud,” she said. “He finally stops and backs away and he just stares at me. He didn’t say sorry or anything or acted like it was a big deal.”
She said she was bleeding but was given no medical help.
“It was extremely uncomfortable and uncalled for and I don’t think he should have been anywhere near me,” Palacios said.
Palacios said the piercing wouldn’t come out, and eventually she was allowed to keep it in.
Myers said a female jailer used the pliers to try to remove her piercing with Tice nearby.
“I feel like it’s not right, what he did, at all,” said Myers, whose father is a Fort Worth police sergeant and mother is a police dispatcher.
The women have hired Fort Worth attorney Curtis Fortinberry and are probably going to sue.
“He has violated every policy and procedure known to police work,” said Fortinberry, a former Fort Worth officer. “That is just absolutely mind-boggling that he would do this.”