This is just too, too much.
Go read it, and come back.
Fortunately, the comments there are pretty much unanimous — the police, the doctors, and the judge involved in this all deserve to be put away.
This is the kind of complete loss of… humanity… that comes from the drug war.
Update: Turns out this same scenario has happened before here. 4 On Your Side reveals another traffic stop nightmare
Again, Leo the K-9 alerts on Young’s seat.
Young is taken to the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, and just like Eckert, he’s subjected to medical procedures including x-rays of his stomach and an anal exam.
Again, police found nothing, and again the procedures were done without consent, and in a county not covered by the search warrant.
Here’s an interesting tidbit:
The doctors from the Gila Regional Medical Center have been turned over to the state licensing board. It’s possible they could lose the ability to practice to medicine.
And the police officers will be answering to a law enforcement board.
Yeah, we know how those work.
Sue for one $BILLION. That ought to get their attention. How to justify that large number? How about a million dollars a minute for every minute they were over the warrant period, plus 10 million for every anal probe, plus 25 million for each of three enemas, plus a few more, say 50 million for pain and suffering, then some more, say $100 million for punitive damages.
As much as I agree with your sentiment, unfortunately, its the taxpayers that would pay that $1 Billion bill. As witnessed with the police torture and wrongful conviction lawsuits piling up in Democrat controlled Chicago, the government officials will not pay, but the taxpayers will get the bill for a few of the government’s excesses.
Maybe if he won $50 Billion the voters would finally wake up and stop voting for the Democrats and Republicans who believe they should be able to inspect our asses while holding a gun to our heads?
That is exactly the point; the people choose their politicians etc. who represent the people. The actions of the police were at the behest of the people in that town. Implicitly, the people approve of what their reps etc. do or they would choose someone else. In other words, the people must be punished so they decide to choose someone different next time. Until the people suffer and demand change nothing will change. Oh, one other thing; in a case as egregious as this, there should be no prosecutorial immunity. Make the cops, prosecutors, doctors etc. pay from their own pockets. They are the real sadists.
I will be very interested in seeing who, exactly, ends up “paying” for this obvious abuse of power. Based on past examples, I’m not too optimistic. We might not know for years.
A whole lot of policies I call SANTORUM!
This is your Democrat and Republican parties with the power you gave them with your vote. Any questions?
this is too much. THIS is domestic terrorism. That man was tortured. (and he’s not the only one, his is just extereme) Share this far and wide mates.
the rest from me would consist of profanity so I shut up now.
He got billed by the hospital for the procedures, and they’ve threatened to send him to collections if he doesn’t pay.
He is, however, likely to be able to afford that. And to pay for a white robed eunich to follow him around with a red velvet ass-pillow to sit on for the rest of his life. If there is any justice at all.
O/T Marijuana legalized in Ferndale Michigan. This is interesting, but just look at the numbers!!! 68% (That’s SIXTY-EIGHT PERCENT) voted in favor. I’ll be back after I re-read that another three times, because I just am having a hard time believing my own eyes.
for those who are doobious of what darkcycle says above re the hospital billing:
gives new meaning to the phrase adding insult to injury.
Good to see you’re checking up on me there Allan. Perhaps I should have provided the link, but often I assume that everybody here has access to the same sources as I do.
Trust in Allah, but tie your camel, Eh?
no… I believed you, it was my incredulity that required verification. We couldn’t make this shit up…
Itâ€™s probable no one will be held accountable for what happened in New Mexico beyond the stateâ€™s citizens. When something as disgusting as this occurs, it benefits authoritarian criminals when taxpayer money is used like a bar of soap.
A substantial cash award to the victim doesnâ€™t really benefit American citizens who must live with the fact that this is the kind of country they live inâ€”because of the drug war. Most people donâ€™t forgive what they cannot punish. And in case New Mexico is wondering why itâ€™s a flyover state, wellâ€¦.
Actually, the US is a flyover country.
Faith in humanity not completely lost.
Physician complicity in war crimes, in this instance drug war crimes, has been has been a notoriously resilient problem in the medical profession.
The worst part of this is that this abuse will be forgotten by the majority of folks within a week, if they even hear about it at all. I want this guy to win his lawsuit on every count, but I’m afraid even that won’t dissuade these crooks. If only angry phone calls or looks could kill.
David Eckert the Anally Probed is prominent in drug policy reform circles, and a frequent contributor at online fora where drug reform is discussed.
Nah, I just made that up, but if things keep going the way they are, how long will it be before “parallel construction” is employed to suppress such talk of reform by prominent voices?
What apparently happened to David Eckert the Anally Probed is bad enough, but when agencies of the executive branch of government require federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to lie to the courts by “parallel constructing” pretexts for action on unconstitutionally obtained tips, it sounds positively subversive to me.
OT, but interesting. Check out this talk on TED.
“The wall is crumbling!” “Another brick gone!” ” A sign we’ve won!” Yeah, yeah, yeah.
it is crumbling Frank. But the WODbeast still extracts its victims. Fortunately these days these things can’t stay hidden. Heck, ain’t nobody outside drug policy would know who the heck Zeke Hernandez is. Nobody but us knows about Don Scott or the Bowers…. or or or.
But the telling keeps it repeated and w/ the wwweb, that repetition is exponential. The wall will crumble, keep swinging. Think zen custard.
Common sense and logic must be dying or maybe I am naive but…
This victim was shopping at WalMart, rolls a stop sign and is clenching his buttocks. Maybe he even looked anxious with a bit of sweating. What if the poor guy was in a hurry pinching a turtle and just wanted to do his business at home? We’ve all been in that position at some point in life. Somehow these goons, through bizarre mental acrobatics figured he has been grocery shopping with illegal drugs in his anus as opposed to the much more likely scenario as above. WOW! These sadists literally forced a man to defecate on his/our Bill of Rights and 4th Amendment protections!
Even Katz v. United States tells us “a defendant has to establish that they had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the place to be searched”. I would really, really like to see how the court explains Mr.Eckerts apparently unreasonable expectation of privacy to his bowels. Even better would be for the police officers to go on record explaining how the contents of his colon could be a threat to public safety.
Ugh, another story:
We’ll see how tough the kops are when ‘the people’ have had enough…
Did you see the three DC kops surrounded by hundreds of angry patriots in front of the whitehouse a couple of weeks ago. They came raging in and the crowd just penned them in.
There will be a day when the crowd will NOT let them leave peaceably.
In Korea the people take long bamboo poles to beat on the police from a distance. I saw a video on youtube of a Brit cop in a stadium getting kicked to death. It happens. Just not in this continent….yet.
Jesus, this is like a never ending game of global wack-a-mole in which innocent people sometimes get humiliated and/or killed.
Did anyone stop to think after the second enema or even the first, “Hey, maybe this guy really DOESN’T have drugs shoved up his arse and just really needed to take a dump?”
I’ve been there before while driving. I’m pretty sure everyone has at some point. To call that cause to search someones feces is a gross, perverse, overstepping of law.
To call that cause to search someones feces is a gross, perverse, overstepping of law.
You’re such a polite young man. Let me rephrase that:
It was torture!
Nothing polite or PC about it. I love making the Python Spanish Inquisition references but this I find zero humor in… I thought Ted Cruz needed a bust in the chops, but that crew of LEO and docs, they deserve prison. A long time in prison. In a prison where the inmates know what these ‘people’ are incarcerated for… and Ted Cruz still deserves a fist in that smirk of his.
Yeah you’re right, that is torture
Any rational, sane person, would stop and think “Hmm, this guy probably has to take a shit, I should probably wrap this up so he can go take care of that” And not think “Hmm, he’s clenching his cheeks together, HE HAS DRUGS! SEARCH HIM!”
Then again, we’re not dealing with rational, humane people here.
it really does
buggerbeggar belief. I mean, what’d they think? he had a kilo of coke up his butt? My rational mind is wondering if the original Invasion of the Bodysnatchers wasn’t actually a documentary…
Writing to my senators about this one. Cops condoning a rape by instrumentation is inexcusable.
What’s the difference between the USA and N. Korea?
One is aspiring to be a third-world hell-hole where human rights are nearly non-existent and agents of the government can do anything they want to it’s citizens with impunity. The other allows citizens to grow, buy, sell, transport, and smoke all the weed they want.
Does everyone remember that the pilot episode for South Park was called “Cartman Gets An Anal Probe”?
The rubber stamping moron of a magistrate who signed the warrant no doubt never refuses any warrant affidavit executed by the soul-less pigs but now will no doubt face scrutiny…these morons have immunity even when no probable cause exists, but if he or she is an attorney ( not a pre-requisite for most magistrates ) then perhaps Bar action could be taken.
Clenching of muscles in a body does not give probable cause, even when someone is ” nervous “, and there was absolutely NO legal justification for the warrant whatsoever, which any cop knows or should know. The cops and all medical personnel should be forced to pay damages personally, as the cops cannot get immunity nor can doctors, who have no excuse for not knowing that they were in violation of every legal and ethical standard possible in this case.
If the residents of these horrific police state regions have to foot the bill, then they should remove by voting the entire admin. of the pigs, and demand the medical licenses of all doctors involved. I hope the poor victim of some flatfooted thug cops ” suspicions ” gets a fortune and shames the entire roster of vicious thuggish brutes involved…assuming that they are capable of shame..which I doubt. Sadly, I predict a time will come when the only protection for people from such abuses will be for these mad dog cops to simply disappear…when a few of the worst offenders of human rights and common decency fail to show up for roll call the rest will soon get the message: Justice cannot be avoided by hiding behind the very laws and courts that have become so corrupted that they very rarely can be relied upon by the people…survival of the victims of police torture and abuse is more critical than wishing and hoping for some shred of justice, maybe, after the horrors of the illegal and immoral are already done.
If we as a people do not assume responsibility for protecting each other against the rabid dogs with badges, leaving it up to the broken system for justice, we face and and all monstrous actions any cop decides to inflict on us…before villages had cops, the people would band together and remove threats to the common good, and at some point that may the only remedy we have to stop these barbaric jackbooted scum with badges is to take direct action.
Since cop bosses virtually always support even the most egregious offenses done by their employees, and cop unions condone anything a cops does, and since courts historically have ignored their legal duty to protect us all, the only option will be to cull the dangerous and abusive cops from the ranks, and sending a message to the rest: Immunity only exists in a court, not on the street.
Man, woman forced to pay hospital bills after drug strip search
A southern New Mexico man who was pulled over for not making a complete stop was taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes, three enemas, two body X-rays and a colonoscopy because police thought he was hiding drugs, according a federal lawsuit.
In El Paso, a woman crossing the border was stripped searched, vaginally probed then taken to the hospital for more invasive tests, a forced bowel movement, X-rays and scans, the American Civil Liberties Union says.
â˜€”This is like something out of a science fiction film, anal probing by government officials and public employees,”
â˜€Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical procedures.
Man sedated during search gets $125,000
A man who was forcibly sedated so his body could be searched for drugs that were never found will receive $125,000 under an out-of-court settlement reached recently with Albany County and Albany Medical Center Hospital.
â˜€Probable cause… he appeared to be clenching his buttocks.
Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity.
â˜€Medical records show the prepping for the colonoscopy started at 1 a.m. the following day, three hours after the warrant expired.
‘Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible’
â˜€We’ve learned more about that drug dog, Leo, that seems to get it wrong pretty often. He might be getting it wrong because he’s not even certified in New Mexico.