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.