Man gets anal search, colonoscopy, 3 enemas for rolling through stop with “clenched buttocks”

This story definitely falls in the OMG category.  Some guy in New Mexico is coming out of a Walmart parking lot this past January when he rolls through a stop sign. The cops pull him over, order him out of the car, and then grow concerned when they think they see him “clenching his buttocks.”

He must have drugs!

So the police go and get a search warrant from a judge, who actually authorizes it, and proceed to take the man to a hospital, where the following takes place without his permission:

  1. They x-ray his abdomen, find nothing.
  2. They examine his anus digitally, find nothing.
  3. They examine his anus again digitally, find nothing.
  4. They give him an enema, make him defecate in front of the doctors and cops, examine his stool, and find nothing.
  5. They give him a second enema, find nothing.
  6. They give him a third enema, find nothing.
  7. They x-ray him again, find nothing.
  8. So what do they do next? Prepare him for surgery and give him a forced colonoscopy.  And find nothing.

Not surprisingly, the man is now suing the cops and the hospital.

Actual court documents in the "clenched buttocks" lawsuit, courtesy of KOB4.

Actual court documents in the “clenched buttocks” lawsuit, courtesy of KOB4.

We’ve written before about the horror stories that sometimes come from local police overreach.  The worst, in some ways, was my story about the cop who thought it a good idea to execute five kittens in front of a bunch of children:

These are the actual 5 kittens the police officer shot (courtesy of KSDK)

These are the actual 5 kittens the police officer shot in the head in front of children. (courtesy of KSDK)

Accorti found himself in some hot water this week after responding to a call to remove some kittens from a woodpile outside a suburban home.  Accorti told the woman who’d called that the animal shelters were full, and that the kittens would have to be euthanized.  She consented, so Accorti took out his gun and one-by-one shot the 8-to-1o-week-old kittens dead.

He did this in front of the woman who had called in the complaint, and in earshot of her kids, who knew what was going on.

The police officer claims that he just assumed the woman knew he was going to take out his gun and shoot the kittens to death.

Because who wouldn’t assume that?

The woman’s kids immediately started screaming and crying, having just listened to five kittens being shot to death outside their home. “My 6 y.o. was crying, ‘Mommy, mommy, he shot the kitty’,” the mom told the local press.

Then there’s the 9 SWAT-like agents who stormed an animal shelter in order to kill a baby deer named “Giggles.”

Here is "dangerous" Giggles, plotting an attack on the US Embassy in Yemen.

In this secret drone footage, Giggles (left) is seen preparing for an attack on the US Embassy in Yemen. (photo via WISN12)

The Society of St. Francis (sounds scary already), a no-kill shelter, informed the armed agents that there was no need to kill Giggles, as she was not only not “dangerous,” which the agents were claiming, but she was also scheduled to be transferred to a nature reserve the next day.Too bad, said Wisconsin officials.  So they threw Giggles in a body bag, threw her over their shoulder, and killed her.

Oh, and the fawn was named Giggles because when she made a little noise, it sounded like laughter.

What is wrong with people?

Possibly even more pathetic was the heartless, and absurd, excuse given by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources supervisor Jennifer Niemeyer, when asked why they couldn’t have just phoned the shelter and resolved the entire situation without killing the fawn:

“If a sheriff’s department is going in to do a search warrant on a drug bust, they don’t call them and ask them to voluntarily surrender their marijuana or whatever drug they have.”

Well, yes. If Giggles were heroin, instead of an adorable baby deer, and if the Society of St. Francis were Al Qaeda, instead of a no-kill shelter named after a saint, then Jennifer Niemeyer would be correct, you would not want to phone them first.

And then, a close runner-up, were the Texas cops who felt they need to search women’s vaginas for speeding and throwing a cig out a window:

In a shocking series of videos, Texas police officers are seen searching the rectums and vaginas of women who are pulled over for small driving infractions such as throwing a cigarette out the window of their car, or speeding.

Two women in one car allege that the gloved female cop who did the cavity search didn’t even change gloves when she moved from one woman to the next.

vagina-search

According to the women, the cops finger went in to the driver’s vagina.

vagina-search-2

A second women having her vagina searched.

Welcome to post-9/11 America. (h/t Reason)

And here’s a local news report on the guy who got the x-rays, enemas, and colonoscopy.


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  • RFD

    Unreal…simply unreal what happened to that man and now the medical center wants to bill him?!!? I hope they have to pay millions! the yare no better than the Russian thugs.

  • quax

    Simple answer to an easy question: I’d then expect them to do their job with their noses.

  • Ramon Nieves

    Hope the guy wins his case and get a huge award. Enough is enough already.

  • mark mcgoveran

    The cops can’t suit anybody they sit around eating donuts, with their finger up their ass, every body complains. They head out and stick their finger up some stop sign runner’s ass every body complains. How do you expect the cops to do their job if you tie their fingers behind their back?

  • Carter

    Sure take him to the hospital. Do an x-ray. Find nothing? THEN STOP! They were just SOOO sure of themselves because as we all know, cops are never wrong.

  • http://buddybest.tripod.com/index.html BuddyNovinski

    That incident reminds me of a case in prelaw class called Rochin vs CA (1952) , before the Warren Court applied the Fourth and its exclusionary rule to the states. In that one, the cops burst into the defendant’s bedroom and forcible had his stomach pumped when he swallowed the capsules besides his bed. At least then the police had some probable cause! When the warrant lacks probable cause, the search become illegal, unless the Nixon-Burger Court and its progeny find some good excuse to admit evidence, lacking in this case.

  • therling

    And it doesn’t take long for someone in the local TV news comments section to blame Obama.

  • Bill_Perdue

    It’s part of building the American police state, one of Obama’s favorite pastimes.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    I watched the show for a brief time when it first came on the air. I thought it would be useful to observe the enemy in action. And it was, for a while.

    But after a time, I saw all I needed to see. It really is repetitive and you’ll hear them say the same thing over and over. I also got tired of the police porn.

    There was one show on U.S. TV a number of years ago that was even worse – “American Detective”, It was narrated by an ex-detective from the L.A. County Sheriff’s office, and was full of things like no-knock-bust-down-the-door search and seizure things (the “high art” of cop porn). He has also narrated a few other similar programs, like “The World’s Wildest Police Chases” (or some such shit). He’s got a voice and narration style that makes me want to break my TV. If I could slap him and get away with it, I’d be sorely tempted.

    I think one reason why the cops love to cooperate with the producers of these shows is that it keeps the citizenry scared. They love to keep people intimidated. Look at their squad cars – lots of blacked-out trim, and then there’s those big black brush guard things they use for ramming cars. Look at the various pieces of weaponry that they carry on their belts. Look at how fast they are to whip out their tasers.

    We have met the police state. And it’s our own fault for not making a stink about it.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Just think about it, didn’t most of us have to sign a release for a flu vaccination?

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    The thing that really pisses me off about this is that the cops claim that the drug-sniffing dog “alerted” to something on the car seat.

    Thing is, the police don’t let just anyone know how a drug dog is trained, and what constitutes an “alert”. So no one can easily tell if they’re lying when they say that the dog “alerted”.

    Dogs sniff animal waste. They find it interesting, for some reason. Who’s to say that the motorist didn’t fart on the car seat, which the dog found interesting? Maybe the guy had a dog who sat on the car seat waiting for his owner while he was out of the car for a period? There are a number of reasons for a dog reacting, assuming that he really did “alert”. Drug-sniffing dogs may be well trained, but they’re still dogs.

    This is just an egregious violation of the man’s civil rights, and an affront to anyone who values those rights. I hope his lawsuit is successful to the point that he cleans them out monetarily.

    Or maybe he is able to clean them out in the same manner that they cleaned him out.

  • Anonymous

    Also my first thought reading this. Every article like this is like playing roulette with red states.

  • Anonymous

    Depends, what did he look like? Was he a mean, tattooed butt-clencher? Did he show his papers?

  • Anonymous

    I would not be surprised if they insulted and/or falsely profiled the guy beforehand. Things like this don’t just happen at random. They found something they didn’t like about him.

  • quax

    Every time I read these kind of stories I am relieved I no longer live in the US.

  • benb

    The Police got a judge to give them a warrant for a cavity search. Why didn’t this step protect Eckert?

  • mirror

    Damn. Now I’m tempted… for no reason.

  • Strepsi

    Sorry, wrong, it’s not at all “rogue cops” — it is not a bug, it’s a feature. It’s part of the cultural systematic glorification of police, and the systematic disenfranchisement of accused (note: NOT convicted with due process) citizens in the U.S.

    I live in Canada and our home has always boycotted the show “Cops” in its 24 years on-air, because it is part of this shift: to empower police (faaaar beyond their actual powers) and the humiliation of citizens without trial on national TV. It’s Roman gladitorial, it’s Orwellian, and it’s part — along with the mass imprisonment of its own citizens and the militarization of all levels of police (including campus security guards) — of the massive shift over 30 years of the U.S. into a neofascist police state.

  • Ninong

    In Santa Rosa, California, on October 22nd, a deputy shot 13-yr-old 8th grader Andy Lopez Cruz five times, including twice after he was already down, for the crime of walking down the street with a replica plastic pellet gun in his hand while wearing a hoodie sweatshirt. He was on his way to return it to his friend.

    The deputy, who has a history of trigger happiness, claims he yelled at the boy — from inside the patrol car — to drop the gun and since the boy did not immediately drop it but instead “turned to face the patrol car” (probably in an attempt to understand what the deputy just yelled at him), the deputy fired eight shots, five of which struck the boy. Those last two shots struck him horizontally through his buttocks travelling up into his torso. The deputy said those last two shots were necessary because he detected movement by the downed “terrorist.” Okay, he didn’t say “terrorist,” he said “suspect.”

    No one is disputing that the episode was over in a matter of seconds. The deputy claims he did what was required under the circumstances. A witness who saw the boy walking down the street said that it was obvious from his stature and the way he was carrying the “gun” that he was just a child carrying a toy.

    The parents have not yet buried their child because they’re hoping the FBI will perform their own examination of his body. The FBI has opened their own independent investigation.

  • badwarscreatethis

    The system is built to protect rogue cops like this. Rogue cops such as these are inherently evil and/or are the dumbed down damaged products of yes man military protocol resulting from illegal wars on end so addicted to a government paycheck and so used to killing people for no good reason that they are incapable of redemption. Rogue cops such as these are a permanent problem that they system will never solve. While by no means
    civil or legal, one solution will make sure this type of cop never does
    this again, that being those impacted by their actions finding out where
    the cops live and executing a permanent solution to a permanent problem.

  • Ninong

    He is suing the doctors.

  • rogue

    The system is built to protect rogue cops like this. While by no means civil or legal, one solution will make sure this type of cop never does this again, that being those impacted by their actions finding out where the cops live, going to their home and placing a bullet in their head and leaving.

  • Moderator3

    A bug as big as a Saint Bernard.

  • Moderator3

    It’s a problem that we’re working on.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Agreed.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Two different things here. Although, the twerking baseball player made me want to pitch a few innings, I think we want to keep the illegal actions of the police and medical staff beyond the pale.

  • Thom Allen

    In addition to the suit, he should report the doctor(s) to the state medical board. I don’t think that the board would be very happy with doing any of this to an unwilling patient.

  • Thom Allen

    Or fear that the cops had pulled you over, ordered you out of your car and had drawn down on you.

  • NMRon

    Same part of the state where sports teams routinely use broomsticks to anally rape new team members . . . for ‘team building,’ I’m sure. Also the Teabagger/ militia stronghold. For people so opposed to ‘perversion,’ they seem terribly obsessed with playing with asses . . . and not in a good way.

  • NMRon

    Clenched buttocks, an obvious sign of criminal intent . . . or dysentery.

  • Anonymous

    Question to mod (unrelated): Why am I allowed to edit other people’s comments? If everyone is allowed to do it, this will compromise the discussion.
    Edit: okay, it doesn’t actually save the edits. Bug?

  • Anonymous

    In their blind worship of authority, they will inevitably make the man out to be a criminal. Evidence not needed.

  • Butch1

    I hope this lawyer is a good one. It looks like the city is piling on to scare him. He needs the big guns to come in and shake them up a little. Perhaps this national attention will do the trick.

  • Butch1

    Our president ordered a hit on an innocent 16 year old American citizen in Yemen just because his father allegedly had connections with al-Queda. “sins of the father” ya know. . .

  • Butch1

    Forcing a person through a colonoscopy against his will is torture and then trying to bill him? He didn’t sign for the procedure. Just try and get him to pay for it. Fat chance. You can threaten all you want but under these conditions and with him being innocent? Ha! He has them all by the short hairs and they know it. Those are all idle threats.

  • Butch1

    I lost all respect for these thugs years ago. They deserved to be sued along with the second hospital. The first hospital was correct in refusing to do that to this man. They said it was “unethical” and they were correct. I hope the lawyer brings that physician into the court room and uses their testimony to prove what a real physician should have done.

  • Butch1

    I’ll be damned if I would pay for something I was forced to participate in when I refused it in the first place and did not sign to have the procedure done. They can pay for it. They wanted it; they can pay for it. He did not sign anything. Let them just try it. He is an innocent man and they are standing on thin ice. He has a great law suit and they know it. He lawyer should be asking the hospital and those police what their net worth is.

  • gowian

    And looking over at Memeorandum, there’s exactly zero teabagger blogs making note of this. Pretty hard to call the individual mandate “tyranny”, while you’re A-OK with the government holding you down and repeatedly anally violating you.

  • Jimmy

    This is just disgusting. I hope he gets millions. It time to teach some lessons to law enforcement that over reach. I’ve always had respect for people who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, but this makes it hard to do that. I certainly have no respect for this police department and judge who signed the warrant.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “But the bad cops always have their defenders” That’s right, especially their fellow Blues.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    One of them just murdered a 17 year old boy in our county, because he was carrying a toy gun.

  • bbock

    The story is slightly worse than your write up, John. They had taken him to a hospital in the county where the search warrant was issued and that hospital refused to do what they asked without the patient’s consent on the grounds that it was unethical. So they doctor shopped and took their prisoner to a neighboring county and that hospital complied. So the search, if it had turned up anything would have been thrown out and the hospital had ZERO authority to invade the man’s body repeatedly because the search warrant was not valid in that county. To add insult to rape (and lets call this what it is, rape), the hopital billed the victim for his “care” and are suing him because he refuses to pay.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I doubt they are intelligent enough to get bored.

  • ArthurH

    This has to be (bar none) the most hideous police report I’ve ever read. I know that the overwhelming majority of police are good guys and that the horror stories we read are by the minority bad cops. But the bad cops always have their defenders who argue that no matter what hurt or humiliation bad cops create the people they do it to are somehow thugs who had it coming. Smart officials who care about image and community outreach would bounce the bad cops out on their buttocks (clenched or not).

  • JR

    to make matters worse –
    Hospital bills man for rectal search he was forced to undergo by police
    http://rt.com/usa/hospital-bills-eckert-search-270/#.Unlac-4b-48.twitter

  • discus_sucks_ass

    CEO’s = Corporate Enforcer Officers

  • Whitewitch

    I know I saw it….don’t destroy all my dreams Nicho…come on….now I am going to go pout…NO WAIT – I would still poop on them.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    I would allow this to happen if the cop looked like that video of the guy twerking that’s been going around today. (for reference: bit.ly/19yvmmC )

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    This shouldn’t be a lawsuit, this should be a sexual assault and torture trial. Every single person involved in this should be arrested. There is absolutely no good faith basis a police officer could use to justify probable cause on a routine traffic stop to jump to the conclusion that someone was carrying drugs in their rectum. None, whatsoever. There rarely is even a valid reason to ask someone to step out of their vehicle during a routine traffic stop. And even if he had a reasonable suspicion somehow (maybe a third-party tip off?) the x-ray alone ruled it out conclusively, unless you assume that x-ray technician was completely incompetent. Everything that happened after that was nothing but punishment and torture just because the cops involved are sick and twisted individuals who need to be locked away to protect the rest of society.

  • Ron Robertson

    And it just further underscores the insanity of the “war on drugs.” This is a fucking vice, you idiot cops! He’s not hiding a weapon of mass destruction or a murder weapon.

  • Hue-Man

    Welcome to the institutionalized police state. Cops – I deliberately didn’t use law enforcement officers – had wide powers before 9/11, now they are over-armed laws unto themselves. They have both more guns, more armor, more tanks but also more powers including a threat to send prisoners on a trip to Guantanamo. Worse, civilians are in a Catch 22; do nothing and watch the police state act increasingly outside the law or do something and get persecuted by the police state, aided and abetted by the NSA.

    (Obviously there are good cops who are asked to perform their duties in an environment none of us would ever consider safe or reasonable. The “shoot first, ask questions later” attitude is poisonous and contagious.)

  • douglas01

    I hope he sues the hell out of everyone involved. And don’t settle out of court, take it to trail and make it all very public. Settling out of court just allows them to sweep it under the rug, make it public with lots of statements to the press and ask all the politicians about it too.

  • nicho

    I guess I’ll just have to add Mew Mexico to my list of states to avoid if at all possible. Oh, wait a minute, it’s already on there.

  • nicho

    Don’t hold your breath:

    Doctors helped plan and assisted in US torture

    http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/doctors_advised_the_use_of_torture_after_9_11_20131104

  • Monoceros Forth

    Do cops just get really bored or something? Parking tickets and moving violations not enough to keep them happy, so they need to invent imaginary drug busts?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It does get worse:

    - Mr. Eckert never consented to be subjected to x-rays nor to the sedation or the colonoscopy. When’s the last time any of us underwent procedures like that without having to sign consent and release forms?
    - The forced medical procedures were performed outside the jurisdiction of the original search warrant. (Because doctors at the first hospital refused, the Hidalgo county sheriffs hauled Mr. Eckert over to another county, Grant, with less ethical doctors — thereby invalidating the original search warrant.)
    - The warrant expired at 10pm. The forced colonoscopy didn’t even begin until 1am, three hours later.

    Anyway, in case you all were wondering, yes, Mr. Eckert (and his attorney) are suing the City of Deming, New Mexico, Deming police officers, Hidalgo county sheriffs, and the Gila Regional Medical Center.

    For what it’s worth though, this particular incident happened back in January of this year.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Considering all the paperwork any patient has to sign when consenting to a legal procedure… yeah.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd Blog

    This post “tightens my jaws” so I am heading out to The Million Mask March today.

  • Whitewitch

    Totally agree, until the medical professionals stand up to this (they could see there was nothing and should have advised the police) then the abuse will continue. Me personally – I would have shit all over all of them…happily…and then sued.

  • joshyelon

    He should sue the doctors as well. Medical procedure performed without consent of patient.

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