Fail to use a turn signal? Anal exam (video)

I’d reported earlier that police in New Mexico gave a man several anal exams, x-rays, 3 enemas and then a colonoscopy all because he appeared to have “clenched his buttocks” after rolling through a stop sign.

Well, now they’ve done it again.

A second driver says the cops in the same town as before stopped him for failing to use his turn signal, and he ended up getting an x-ray of his stomach and multiple anal exams at the same hospital that violated the previous driver.


Now, one fact revealed in this story that didn’t come out in the earlier one: A drug-sniffing dog indicated a positive result when it sniffed the man’s car seat.

Still, anal exams and stomach x-rays?

Also of interest, it was the same dog that got this guy and the other guy we reported on.  And the dog isn’t certified in New Mexico – his drug-testing certification expired.

Oh yeah, and, for the second time, the cops used a search warrant to force the exam, without the driver’s consent, in a county not covered by the warrant.

Some background on that earlier story, where the driver suspiciously “clenched his buttocks:

[T]he 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:
They x-ray his abdomen, find nothing.

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

If clenched buttocks get you an anal exam and a colonoscopy in New Mexico, this guy is lucky he’s in North Carolina:


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103 Responses to “Fail to use a turn signal? Anal exam (video)”

  1. karmanot says:


  2. Badgerite says:

    Listen, he does not, this one.

  3. karmanot says:


  4. karmanot says:


  5. karmanot says:

    And what agenda is that Obiwan?

  6. BoBelinski says:

    It’s a horrible thing to have to go through, but it needs to be said that this is also a plaintiff’s attorney’s dream case. Sue the cops, the hospital, the doctors and the town. A home run, all because of some damned idiot cops.

  7. The_Fixer says:

    We all need to let out that little bit of Howard Beale that is inside of us.

  8. benb says:

    Cavity searches —particularly such invasive ones —for a traffic stop don’t make sense. What makes more sense to me is the police’s suspicion is that the people they stop are drug couriers who have just come across the border after swallowing drugs protected, say, in condoms. Deming is 35-50 miles from the border with Mexico and Deming is also the home of a High Intensity Drug Trafficing Area taskforce (HIDTA). One possibility is that this big Federal&State Narc machine comes up with suspect names and tips off the local PD who then follow these ‘suspects’ and arrest them the first chance they get just for a intensive anal exam. Because they have some success catching couriers (who are unlikely to complain), no one has held the Police accountable for the rules they break. To make matters worse,the police are much more motivated to proceed to more extreme exams if the lesser ones (e.g. digital rectal) don’t pay off because they know if they don’t find something it will be hard to defend their actions.

    I’m not a lawyer but it seems to me if the PD has been essentially using traffic stops as a pretense to cavity search an individual, then all of their convictions as a result are in jeopardy.

  9. pappyvet says:

    snort…guffaw !….wheeze!

  10. fletcher says:

    Or being subjected at 190 db a recording of ZZ Top’s “Tush” on a continuous loop.

  11. fletcher says:

    Miley Cyrus is the daughter of the country singer who triggered mass nausea with his song “Achy Breaky Heart.” Milly Cyrus is a backup singer with the group Piggy Starcrossed and the Spinsters From Mars, Pennsylvania.

  12. pappyvet says:

    Who? ;]

  13. Bill_Perdue says:

    We could start with Democrats and Republicans who pass and maintain laws like FISA, NDAA and the Paytriot Act or who proclaim themselves, as Obama did, above the law when he decides to murder US citizens sans trial.

  14. cole3244 says:

    the problem with the police is that the good ones protect the bad ones in most instances which imo makes them all part of the bad seed.
    in my experience the police allow their bias or prejudice to override their common sense and fairness when doing their job.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Post-9/11 “security” state.

  16. dula says:

    70% of Americans were on board with attacking a nation that did nothing to us. Then most looked the other way when we began torturing mostly innocent people in a sexual manner at Abu Ghraib. Now, here in America, our own neighborhoods are like war zones with mass shootings and our cops are assaulting us in a sexual manner. Karma much?

  17. BeccaM says:

    You’re absolutely right. And it’s also why yet another probable cause contention for any defendant caught via this dog would be to raise the fact the dog had not been re-certified for over two years, as required by NM state law.

    A 1st year law student could easily defend anybody these sadists ever actually charged. Then again, as I’ve been saying all along, charging with an actual prosecutable crime appears never to have been these Pigs top motivation.

  18. BeccaM says:

    No doubt about that.

  19. Anonymous says:

    “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

  20. Anonymous says:

    Or maybe extracting as much money from this guy as possible. Or…both?

  21. The_Fixer says:

    And I’d add that the medical staff involved in this got a “what were you thinking! talk from the hospital lawyer as soon as the hospital was served with the papers.

  22. The_Fixer says:

    Yes, but..

    What typically happens is that the dog is paraded around the vehicle, without actually entering it. If the dog exhibits a certain behavior (sitting down, moving in a certain manner), he has “alerted”. That’s what gives them probable cause to get a warrant. This process is an end-run around a person’s civil rights.

    As someone else pointed out above, dogs are pretty suggestable and are rewarded for “alerting”. Consequently, they can often false alert when they are really looking for a treat, reward, or simply approval from their handlers. Which is probably often, because they are working dogs doing something that does not come naturally (unlike say, a herding dog).

    They are not the infallible resource that they are proclaimed to be. They’re dogs. I do not want to trust my freedom to a dog. They’re fun companions and some are very cute, but not legitimate investigators.

  23. BeccaM says:

    I, for one, am convinced they knew they’d invalidated the search warrant and didn’t care. They were set that evening’s shift for a medically-inflicted reenactment of Deliverance.

  24. BeccaM says:

    As I’ve recounted in comments past, my wife explained to me the different kinds of police, as seen by the war resistance movement:

    – Police officers: The professionals. The good guys. As Stephen King would describe them, “the true Gunslingers who have not forgotten the faces of their fathers*.” (* = Dark Tower reference)

    – Cops: Just doing their jobs. Might or might not be helpful all the time, or even terribly competent, but at least they tend to be decent guys and gals. Won’t go out of their way to give someone a bad day.

    – Pigs: What these Deming PD guys, if the charges bear out, clearly are. Malicious, sadistic, enjoying power and authoritah way too much. The kind who’ll jack someone full of taser electricity and, while the victim is writhing on the ground, keep telling them to stop moving, to comply, and to get up and cooperate. Or who will empty a semi-auto into the back of an unarmed man lying on the ground. Or who will rape a prisoner repeatedly with fingers, enemas, and a colonoscopy. I do not hesitate to call such ‘Pigs.’

    I know about the ‘animal community’ argument…but I gotta go with history.

  25. Badgerite says:

    We had a local cop here killed many years back. He was young guy with a wife and a couple of young kids. He was killed for no reason while responding to a 911 call.
    When you dehumanize a group of people you dehumanize all people.
    Yours and others protestations about caring about some young person killed by a drone sound rather hollow. You only care about someone if it fits your agenda.

  26. cole3244 says:

    its so outrageous and unbelievable i couldn’t believe it wasn’t a goof by some entity, everyone involved police, medical, etc should be prosecuted and the victims should file lawsuits and be compensated in the millions.
    pigs should be brought back as a label but i don’t want to denigrate the animal community by associating it with this human fifth.

  27. pappyvet says:

    I believe these guys were out to do this even before they left the station. They knew what they were about.

  28. BeccaM says:

    That’s not true. K9 searches do require consent to search inside a vehicle.

  29. Charlie says:

    The civil charges are basically repeating the medical records that they not only sent him copies of, but expected him to be responsible for. They admit what they did because they want him to pay them for it. Given that they bill you down to the hospital gown, there is a detailed and easy to use list of charges waiting for the prosecution.

  30. POPTARTS says:

    no, stop wimping out. You deserve to be angry about this so let it out.

  31. Charlie says:

    K9 searches require no consent or warrant. They aren’t technically searches but if they hit they are considered probable cause. In reality, they’re designed to always hit to manufacture cause.

  32. POPTARTS says:

    cops actually watched this guy take a shit. In the hopes that they would find drugs. COps you have reached a new disgusting low. Just go home beat your wives and commit suicide cops all of you are disgusting.

  33. Charlie says:

    I think the second guy has the same attorney. Not 100%, but I thought one of the local news stories said he was using the same lawyer

  34. Hue-Man says:

    B. I should have been more explicit – what steps could you take to stop a rape in progress, hence the 9-1-1 reference? We’re seeing what can follow in the days, weeks, and months following the assault. Would the NM State Police respond to an emergency request?

    (I know I have no one else to call! I live in a city where the local police force, the provincial police force, and the national police force are the same – the RCMP. Whatever function a Mountie is performing, s/he reports ultimately to the RCMP Commissioner who has only one federal cabinet minister as boss.)

  35. BeccaM says:

    And a bill from the hardware store where it was purchased.

  36. BeccaM says:

    No. It’s not.

  37. hauksdottir says:

    Definitely rape. Male dogs forcing submission upon anyone who might challenge their authority.

    Rape isn’t about sex; it is about power. Period.

  38. Whitewitch says:

    Media first Becca…that seems to have more affect.

  39. Whitewitch says:

    Makes one wonder why they simply did not do this – the first medical facility did exactly that.

  40. cole3244 says:

    this is a put on isn’t it, this is an onion exclusive right, it had better be.

  41. Whitewitch says:

    Not only okay with the crimes…but then eager to Charge the victim for their pleasure. Seriously – this reminds me of stints in the psych ward where they brutalize you, electroshock you, lock you up and then send you a huge bill..because you did not comply with societies standards….

  42. Whitewitch says:

    Rather it seems that rape and abuse were their goal and not finding the poor man guilty of anything.

  43. Whitewitch says:

    It is sad when the medical professionals are so afraid of the police that they become co-offenders, albeit perhaps for fear they would be next…this is how it begins.

  44. SFExPat says:

    Wait till the next business day and register a complaint with BOMEX (Board of Medical Examiners) or whatever it’s called in NM. (I’m in AZ.)

  45. BeccaM says:

    I don’t believe they were ‘too stupid’ at all.

    I believe rape was the sole intent.

  46. karmanot says:

    “long arm of the law”—you need a sling for that technique.

  47. karmanot says:

    mmmm, Maybe a term in the Big House with Bruno the Big as a cell mate.

  48. karmanot says:

    Two words: American Gestapo.

  49. karmanot says:

    “the far simpler (yet still illegal) solution would’ve been to plant them on him.” Somewhat frightening that they were too stupid to even conceive of the traditional planting of false evidence.

  50. emjayay says:

    The comment system has gone beserk and there is a pointless bar on the right to move them up and down one inch, and no way to reply or edit.

  51. karmanot says:

    Appalling is the collaboration of medical staff—— shades of Gitmo and Dr. Mengle.

  52. karmanot says:

    a broom handle

  53. karmanot says:

    “Cops have become the enemy.” Exactly so.

  54. Bill_Perdue says:

    This is the fruit of the wars of aggression by the Bushes, the Clintons and Obama coming home to roost.

    The cops are treating us like Iraqis. All the while Obama is adding to the carnage with his support for the Paytriot Act, NDAA, FISA and his extralegal, murders of US citizens like Anwar al-Aulaqi, Samir Khan, ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi and Jude Mohammed. One. ‘Abd al-Rahman Anwar al-Aulaqi, was a sixteen year old boy from Denver Colorado.

    Remember their names, who killed them and what it means.

  55. nicho says:

    Of course, we could always look to Chicago, where a drunk cop shot an unarmed man, who was lying on the ground, 16 times, killing him. Authorities have decided not to prosecute the cop. Cops have become the enemy.

  56. Stratplayer says:

    The right acts like efficiency standards for light bulbs and toilets are the second coming of the Gestapo, but, with vanishingly few exceptions, can’t seem to get terribly worked up about actual police state tactics. When human life and liberty are genuinely threatened by state (or private) power, it’s the left that stands up and fights for the beleaguered individual. I am so sick of wingnuts screaming about their parochial, pedestrian notions of “liberty.” They do nothing but cheapen the concept.

  57. pappyvet says:

    Sheesh, what would he get for running a red?

  58. chris10858 says:

    If it goes to the federal authorities for civil rights violations, Id say they would have a good case against the officers.

  59. bkmn says:

    The ones I hate are the ones that sit at a red light and only turn on their left turn signal after the light turns green.

  60. discus_sucks_ass says:

    don’t send them here!

  61. discus_sucks_ass says:

    they probably had already used up all the drugs they had on hand so anal rape by proxy was their only choice…

  62. nicho says:

    First, you just refuse to take part. That’s all. You don’t need to call anyone. You just refuse to be a party to it.

  63. BeccaM says:


  64. PeteWa says:

    oh, I put the rape motivation at the top of the list.
    the rape was committed as a punishment on their victim due to their frustration – it was a show of power.

  65. BeccaM says:


    On the other hand, if they really, really wanted Mr. Eckert to be found carrying drugs, the far simpler (yet still illegal) solution would’ve been to plant them on him. At that point, it would’ve been his word against theirs.

    Moreover, the Pigs had to have known they were continuing their anal rape searches under an invalid warrant (out of jurisdiction and expired) — thereby making any drug evidence found, if there was any, inadmissible.

    Hence I put the rape motivation even ahead of the career-motivated frustration.

  66. BeccaM says:

    I’ve been saying that since Nixon.

  67. The_Fixer says:

    I’ve been saying “I want my country back” for quite some time now. It’s just that every time I hear of something like this happening, I get a little sadder – and a little louder – when I say it.

  68. BeccaM says:

    The Eckert incident happened last January and the case has been working its way slowly through the justice system. The second instance happened on a different (and as yet unspecified) date.

    I suspect what’s happening now is national news and exposure of the Deming PD’s culture of rape is prompting more victims to come forward.

  69. The_Fixer says:

    I would think that the hospital has an attorney on staff to handle such questions. Or at least one at their disposal. That’s where I’d start.

    He would probably contact other sources if he’s not sure. But I think he’s come up with a firm answer all on his own – “Don’t do it.”

  70. BeccaM says:

    Who would I call? In this case, probably (1) the New Mexico State Police and (2) the state attorney general’s office and (3) the local news media.

    In about that order. We have a pretty darned good State AG here, Gary King (D). It’s not that the entire state is corrupt like this, just parts of it.

  71. BeccaM says:

    Aye, I’ve a feeling Mr. Eckert’s case is open and shut. Too many witnesses. Far too lengthy a paper trail.

    Ideally, I’d like to see those Pigs doing jail time. But that’s probably too much to hope for.

  72. Hue-Man says:

    Here’s where my Catch 22 comment to the first item comes into play: if you’re an outraged member of the medical team who decides to stop the rape, who exactly would you call? 911? “We’ll send the same cops to take your complaint”(!) FBI? “It’s a local matter. Not our job.” State Attorney General? “Get serious.” Unilateral intervention? Only if you want to be arrested (and tasered and tortured) for obstruction of justice and assaulting a police officer.

    If the cops ignore the rule of law, there can only be lawlessness.

  73. Cletus says:

    Frankly, I don’t think anal probing is punishment enough for not using your turn signal. I hate those fuckers.

  74. heimaey says:

    Thanks for that gif John. I could stare at it all day.

  75. The_Fixer says:

    Yes, rape is what the complaint alleges, and I think it can be the only reasonable explanation. After the first examination, it was purely sadistic fun-and-games for the cops who ordered all of these procedures. There was no valid legal or medical reason for any of this to take place, it was just designed to humiliate Eckert.

    What wasn’t mentioned in the initial report was that the two cops, as they were giving Eckert the ride home, verbally harassed and belittled him. That, to me, is evidence that they wanted power over him.

    Yes, I, too wonder how many other times this has been pulled on people in that town? At what expense? We know that this one is going to cost them. Put this in front of a jury (which is what they are demanding) and these cops (and anyone else involved in this) will be fired immediately upon the rendering of the verdict. Which should be a multi-million-dollar judgement.

  76. Tom Hawk says:

    Per the PDF, this has been filed in Federal Court. I doubt that the locals, except for the jury, will have much influence on the trial and the verdict. I hope that the plaintiff receives enough in damages to move out of the area and be able to make a nice investment in an IRA.

  77. BeccaM says:

    Speaking from a perspective that I think sheds light on this: What these officers were engaging in was — quite literally — an act of rape.

    It’s not about the dog or probable cause or any of the rest of it. As for the doctors and all the medical personnel at Gila Regional, I’m seeing more as criminally acceding to the police state than active malice; although that said, they should all lose their licenses to practice medicine, forever. Hopefully they will. It’s for damned sure if Gila Regional has gotten used to its victims paying the bills, those days are over for them.

    The behavior of the Pigs (yes, I use that term deliberately, and in full accordance with my wife’s Boston Resistance Era group’s accepted usage) is clearly motivated by personal and institutionalized sadism.

    The lack of care as to whether the warrants were legit or not, the use of an uncertified police dog, transporting a prisoner over county lines to the more pliable medical center — what all these say to me is these Pigs truly did not care about getting a drug conviction. That finding drugs was never the point at any time.

    I’ll wager anything the repeated digital anal examinations, enemas, x-rays, and a colonoscopy were not because of stubborn resistance and refusal to believe Mr. Eckert wasn’t carrying narcotics in his rectum, but instead were intended as an act of rape under color of police authority. They decided for whatever reason that he was disrespecting them, or maybe they were all just bored, and they were going to have fun for 14 hours raping and sexually humiliating the man for no rational or legitimate reason whatsoever.

    If ever there was evidence that rape is an act of violence and not sexual release — well, here it is. Twice, if both accounts can be credited. And if it’s two, I’ll double down on my wager and believe we’ll likely hear it was six or twelve or who knows how many more. With a distinct pattern of escalation over time.

    Given it appears to have happened more than once, to someone else, leads me to believe this “culture of prisoner rape” took firm hold within Deming law enforcement, and found fertile ground there in which to grow its toxic issue.

  78. Naja pallida says:

    Serial rapists in blue uniforms. Some seriously scary shit.

  79. kingstonbears says:

    Or Sochi?

  80. karmanot says:

    The probably picked up those torture habits at Gitmo.

  81. karmanot says:

    They never envisioned ‘seat sniffing’ I’m sure.

  82. karmanot says:

    Maybe they were just twerking to a Milly Cyrus song on the radio while driving.

  83. The_Fixer says:

    As I said yesterday, perhaps they need to be “cleaned out” in the same manner that their victims were “cleaned out.”

  84. The_Fixer says:

    This is just plain crazy. Once was bad enough. Twice is a pattern of abuse. Neither can be excused.

    What is it with these cops, do they have some kind of anal obsession? They need a mental evaluation, Stat!

    I am particularly galled by the medical center billing the victim – now that’s Balls with a capital B.

    And the dog? It’s obvious something’s wrong here. How could the prosecutors in this county ever expect to get a drug conviction with a dog that is not properly certified?

    Which brings up an interesting point – will the people who have been convicted of drug possession or other infractions be able to sue for wrongful prosecution now that this has come to light? I suppose that would depend on other evidence, but it seems to me that at the very least, the county will be looking at some legal bills for defending those suits.

    This is pure madness.

  85. caphillprof says:

    The Founding Fathers are rolling in their graves

  86. emjayay says:

    The place they took this guy to in Silver City was about an hour away. They must have been on a serious mission. Maybe they thought the guy was gay or something.

  87. bkmn says:

    Now if part of the punishment were to include the treatment they gave to the victim….

  88. BeccaM says:

    Hell yeah.

    The fact that it was not only a police department, but a sheriff department and an entire medical staff — all of whom were perfectly fine with ‘crimes against humanity’-level atrocities against a wrongfully arrested man — is chilling to the extreme.

  89. PeteWa says:

    hopefully you are right, but the fact that the threat existed at all is chilling.

  90. emjayay says:

    I went to high school in a smallish town in Southern Arizona. The guys (all guys then) who became cops were pretty much the bullying barely got through high school while getting drunk and impregnating girls types. Obviously these were the worst of the worst. But one expects a bit more from the medical professionals. And like you pointed out, not just one nut case but whole teams of them. It would be interesting to know a lot more (like a New Yorker article or something) about all of them. And good to hear they are in trouble too.

  91. emjayay says:

    They’re pretty good, but obviously can’t be taken as the ultimate legal and moral authority. Particularly when they haven’t been even retrained to the minimum requirements of the law.

  92. BeccaM says:

    Oh yeah — there’s gonna be major fallout from this.

    If the reality is anything close to what the civil charges allege, I’ll be surprised if any of the doctors or attending medical personnel will be continuing to practice medicine in NM.

  93. BeccaM says:

    The original story now has a Scribd embed of the charges filed by Mr. Eckert’s attorney.

    It paints a picture of the Deming PD as completely out of control and actively seeking to humiliate anybody they happen to stop for minor traffic violations.

    Here’s the ScribD reprint:

  94. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    I was going to say I felt like Alice in Wonderland when I read about both incidents. Maybe Alice in Nazi Germany would be more like it.

  95. BeccaM says:

    I’m hoping the operative words are “were threatening…” The story has been all over the news down this way, garnering national attention. The doctors involved have been referred to the state licensing board.

    I don’t know about the 2nd guy, but Eckert sounds like he has a decent attorney.

  96. nicho says:

    Doctors? How about nurses, anesthesiologists, etc. — any licensed medical person who participated? They all have ethical obligations as well — and to participate in something that is clearly illegal and unethical is wrong for them too. Performing a procedure on someone without their informed consent is assault and battery.

  97. BeccaM says:

    Fortunately, those lawsuits have been filed, as have official misconduct complaints against the cops, as well as a formal investigation launched against the doctors of the Gila Regional Medical Center, quite possibly costing these physicians their licenses to practice medicine.

    But yeah — once could just possibly be an anomaly. Twice? Seems pretty clear that Deming cops have an obsession with anally raping their prisoners. And not just a little bit, but over and over.

    BTW, those K9 searches, if they were not performed with consent, also would’ve been 100% illegal.

  98. PeteWa says:

    the hospital / rapists are billing Eckert $6,000.00 for his rape.
    they are even threatening to send him to collections if he doesn’t pay:

  99. bkmn says:

    Unfortunately it appears that it will take several excessive use of force lawsuits to evoke any change in this PD.

  100. nicho says:

    Maybe we need to start boycotting stuff from the US.

  101. Monoceros Forth says:

    This seems like a big f–k you in response to the storm of criticism, not to mention legal actions, touched off by the first incident, as if the cops are saying, “Don’t like what we did, huh? Well watch us do it again.”

    Haven’t drug-sniffing dogs been shown to be horribly unreliable anyway? I suspect they respond more to subtle cues from their handlers a la Clever Hans than to actual traces of illicit substances.

  102. Fentwin says:

    So its no longer the “long arm of the law” for which we need to keep a look-out, its the “long probing finger of the law”.
    I almost want to say “I want my country back”.

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