A New Mexico man is suing the Deming Police Department after authorities conducted an unsuccessful 14-hour anal cavity search simply because he appeared to clench his buttocks when accosted.
The Huffington Post reports that David Eckert‘s attorney recently filed a federal lawsuit over the January 3 incident in which police and doctors co-opted an “unethical” series of enemas, an X-ray and even a colonoscopy.
Eckert was driving out of Wal-Mart in Deming when he failed to make a full stop at a parking lot stop sign. He was immediately pulled over.
After stepping out of his car, an officer noticed that Eckert appeared to be clenching. This was cited as probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anus.
Officers obtained a search warrant and took Eckert to a nearby medical center where the humiliating and pointless examination began.
The doctors first X-rayed Eckert’s abdominal area, finding no narcotics. They then performed two anal searches with their fingers, once again yielding no narcotics.
The determined police officers insisted that Eckert be given an enema, forcing him to defecate in front of the doctors and officers. No narcotics were found in his stool.
The officers then ordered two more enemas to be inserted.
When no narcotics were found, Eckert was sedated and given a colonoscopy. A scope with a camera was inserted into his anus, rectum, colon and large intestines, finding no illegal drugs.
The entire search lasted roughly 14 hours.
Eckert’s attorney told the Herald-Sun that his client chose to make the case public because the officers’ actions set a terrifying precedent.
“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,” Shannon Kennedy said.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante argued that his officers “follow the law in every aspect.”
Kennedy also said, however, that the officers’ warrant expired hours before the search ended.
Eckert is suing the City of Deming, Deming police officers Bobby Orosco, Robert Chavez, Officer Hernandez, and Hidalgo County deputies David Arredondo, Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Green. He’s also suing Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty and the Gila Regional Medical Center.
Via: Huffington Post, Top Photo Courtesy: Getty Images