Video: NJ Cops Search Innocent Man’s Anus And Genitals Because They “Smelled Weed”

Newly released body camera video shows New Jersey state troopers repeatedly putting their hands down an innocent man’s pants on the roadside. Officers were searching his anus and genitals for a non existent plant, that they claimed they smelled when they pulled him over for allegedly tailgating.

After searching in his pants multiple times for marijuana, the troopers finally had to accept they were molesting an innocent man, so they gave him a ticket for tailgating and let him leave.

In the March 8, 2017 video, the officer warns the innocent man that he is preparing to do nasty things to him.

“If you think this is the worst thing I’m going to do to you right now, you have another think coming my friend,” trooper Joseph Drew, tells the driver as he searches his pockets.

The driver, Jack Levine, filed a motion to extend the 90-day deadline for a tort notice, suggesting he would be suing the state. He then filed records requests for dashcam and body cam videos, reported New Jersey 101.5.

“It was the most humiliating experience I’ve ever been through, also due to the fact people were driving by very slowley (sic), watching him with his hand down my pants,” Levine said in the motion.

Levine says state police repeatedly delayed his request for bodycam footage and other recordings of the ordeal, but they have finally been released.

Levine’s was put in the back of a police cruiser, while his passenger was put in another. Trooper Andrew Whitmore is heard trying to trick the passenger, as cops regularly do, into giving up his nonexistent marijuana by suggesting he will not go to jail. The passenger tells the truth and says they do not have any.

The video goes on to show the troopers discussing where the marijuana could be, and determining to search his private areas.

“He might have stashed it somewhere …” Whitmore says.

“That’s what I’m thinking,” Drew responds.

“… stashed it somewhere where we can’t just … physically can’t … it’s not in his pockets,” Whitmore says.

The video shows Drew searching Levine, then looking into his pants. “Try not to rape me, already,” Levine says.

Whitmore also searches Levine, and tells Drew there was “definitely an odor” when he opened Levine’s pants.

Levine continued to protest the ridiculous search that kept him from work, but the cops didn’t care because they believed they smelled a plant.

“You want me to take my boxers off right here so I don’t have to waste your time and go downtown ’cause you think I got weed?” Levine joked.

Whitmore then tried to deceive Levine by suggesting he won’t go to jail for having marijuana.

“I know how life works,” Levine says. “I’m not stupid.”

Levine continues to claim his innocence, but the officers don’t give up yet, the smell is just more than they can handle. They then tell Levine he is under arrest because of a smell.

“Am I free to go?” Levine asks. “Not at this point, no” Whitmore tells him. “Am I under arrest?” “Yes. you are.” “For what?” “You’re under arrest for the odor of marijuana.”

“So now you can get arrested for somebody smelling something? What is that all about?” Levine says.

The troopers then tell Levine they may bring him to the station to strip search him, but Levine does not fall for that tactic either.

“If that’s you guys trying to scare me into telling on myself for something I didn’t even do wrong, then it’s not going to work,” he says.

Eventually, Drew tells Levine: “If it comes down to, I have to put on latex gloves and get after it, I will.”

After a short time, Drew puts on the latex glove and goes to work.  Levine is upset, but maintains his ability to make humorous comments throughout the molestation.

After being unable to find anything illegal, the officers uncuff the innocent men and let them go.

“I know you just sexually assaulted me, but I’m not going to kill myself,” Levine tells Drew.

Drew then gives Levine a ticket for tailgating.

As the officers speak after the encounter, Whitmore tells Drew: “Either he had some strong-ass weed just a minute ago before you stopped him, or” and then trails off.

Drew ultimately returns to the passenger side to issue Levine a ticket for tailgating, and tells him if he believes his rights were violated, his name and information are on the ticket.

The motion to extend the tort claim was denied, which prevents him from pursuing the case in Superior Court, but he can still file a federal claim.