Narcotics search turned up nothing, but man was billed by hospital for EIGHT anal probes; All because he ‘clenched his buttocks’ during routine traffic stop
Nov 5, 2013
Following an innocuous traffic stop, police in Southern New Mexico put a man through an ordeal consisting of cavity searches, enemas and even X-rays after he “appeared to be clenching his buttocks” while stepping out of his vehicle.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 reports that details of the case emerged during a federal lawsuit recently, with medical records and police reports indicating that deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and police officers with the City of Deming forced David Eckert to undergo multiple anal cavity searches, saying they had probable cause to search for drugs.
His crime? Not making a complete stop at a stop sign.
While a doctor at one emergency room refused to go along with the “unethical” process, physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to carry out the anal exams, happy that the police had secured a search warrant from a judge.
The medical report released as part of the case indicates that police ordered doctors to x-ray Eckert’s abdominal area. When no drugs were discovered, they asked doctors to perform an examination of Eckert’s anus with their fingers. Again no drugs were found. Police ordered a second anal exam, which again turned up nothing.
The doctors are then said to have penetrated Eckert’s anus and inserted an enema.
“Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.” the report adds.
This process was then repeated a second and THIRD time, still turning up nothing but the obvious.
Then another x-ray was carried out on Eckert, again turning up nothing, before Eckert was sedated and subjected to a colonoscopy, involving inserting a camera into his anus, rectum, colon, and large intestine.
After nothing was found this time, the cops gave up.
The lawsuit states that Eckert never gave consent for any of the procedures to be carried out and was vocally resistant throughout. In addition, the dubious warrant was not good in the county where the procedures took place. To rub salt in the wounds, the Gila medical center has billed Eckert personally for all EIGHT procedures.
“If the officers in Hidalgo County and the City of Deming are seeking warrants for anal cavity searches based on how they’re standing and the warrant allows doctors at the Gila Hospital of Horrors to go in and do enemas and colonoscopies without consent, then anyone can be seized and that’s why the public needs to know about this,” said Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, who is arguing that there wasn’t sufficient probable cause in the case.
“This is like something out of a science fiction film, anal probing by government officials and public employees,” Kennedy stated, noting that the ordeal lasted over 14 hours, with some of the procedures being carried out AFTER the dubious warrant expired.
The police, the doctors and the attorneys representing them have refused to comment on the case. Eckert is suing three police officers, three deputies and three doctors, as well as The City of Deming and the Gila Regional Medical Center.
The case comes in the wake of several disturbing stories highlighting the fact that police all over the country have been caught conducting invasive underwear and even cavity searches without the consent of the victims.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.