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New Mexico man runs stop sign, subjected to 14-hour anal cavity search by police

David Eckert didn’t stop fully for a stop sign at a Wal-Mart exit in Deming, New Mexico and was pulled over by a police officer. When he was asked to exit the vehicle, the officer reported that he was clenching his butt. That was all the police needed to suspect that he was hiding narcotics in there and turn the stop into an investigation. Investigators were able to obtain a warrant. He was taken to another county for the search, violating the warrant.

Eckert has filed a federal lawsuit agains Deming Police for the January 2013 incident.

According to a report by local news KOB, the lawsuit claims Eckert was subject to the following series of examinations:

1. Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.

2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert 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.

5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time.  Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers.  Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool.  No narcotics were found.

7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.

8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines.  No narcotics were found.

Eckert’s attorney told KOB that he thought the case could set precedent for the way searches are — or are not — conducted.

Adding insult to injury, Eckert was billed for the searches and has been threatened to be taken to collections if he doesn’t pay, according to the KOB report.

 

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