Sherita Dixon-Cole, 37, claimed through a high-profile civil rights lawyer that Texas Highway Trooper Daniel Hubbard raped her during a traffic stop Sunday.
Her story was picked up by blogger Shaun King, who quoted Hubbard as telling Dixon-Cole: ‘why don’t you just give me some of that sweet p***y’.
Attorney Lee Merritt alleged that the officer groped and vaginally penetrated the woman
Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released two-hour body camera video, which showed no evidence of misconduct on Hubbard’s part.
Merritt later released a statement apologizing to Hubbard and his family and taking responsibility for amplifying Dixon-Cole’s false claims.
None of the allegations made by the woman through her lawyer and Shaun King are seen in the body camera video.
The recording shows Dixon-Cole, dressed in a skin-tight, electric-blue two-piece outfit and a red beret, smiling at the arresting officer.
Ellis County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald said Dixon-Cole was booked into the county jail at 4.58am on Sunday and has been released on bail. Fitzgerald said she was taken to a local hospital after reporting she was assaulted.
The Texas Department of Public Safety pushed back on the woman’s claims of sexual assault and official misconduct, calling her accusations ‘spurious and false.’
DPS officials reviewed body camera footage from the traffic stop and concluded that the video ‘shows absolutely no evidence to support the egregious and unsubstantiated accusations’ against Trooper Hubbard.
‘The Department is appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public,’ the agency’s statement read.