Which country is this?

by fmhilton

If you’re squeamish, or have a delicate sensibility, I’d recommend you not read this post, because it’s going to be really awful in the details.

Seriously. It’s that bad.

I read this article in Tech Dirt today, and my reaction was one of shock, and horror. I thought this stuff went out with the Nazi experiments, Tuskegee experiment and pre-frontal lobotomies. Really.

It actually started with a routine traffic stop in Deming, New Mexico back in November of last year, and then it became much, much worse. This is the original story.

The cops believed that by his stance alone the subject of the arrest was hiding drugs, and then this happened after they got a warrant:

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.

Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical procedures.

The man who is the subject of this case should get anything he wants, including monetary damages.

But you know what’s even worse?

This isn’t the first time this has happened in that state and county. There was a previous arrest, detention and similar operations. Guess what?

There were no drugs found in that case, either.

I’d seriously suggest that there be a federal investigation of this county’s law enforcement-especially the use of their K-9 which happened to ‘sniff’ drugs from both of the ‘suspects’ in these cases.

Turns out the dog is not certified to work as a investigative tool-his certification ran out in 2011.

I won’t even go into the problems the doctors, the hospital, and the assorted other players will have in justifying these actions-they’re simply not even justifiable. As one of the articles observed-

“There are major concerns about the way the search warrant was carried out.”

There certainly should be!

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