A story is coming out of New Mexico about a man who was pulled over by police for not making a full stop while coming out of a Wal-Mart parking lot. Reasonable enough, but apparently one of the officers noticed something “suspicious” after having the man exit his vehicle; he was clenching his buttocks. Well, clearly, drugs. A dog sniffed him, acted like there might drugs, and things snowballed from there. The next thing you know, the man is being taken to a hospital where, according to KOB, the following things happened:
1. Eckert’s [the suspect] 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.
So basically this guy had some doctor’s finger up his ass several times, was given forced enemas, forcibly x-rayed and then had involuntary surgery performed on him. All to find drugs that weren’t fucking there.
Not surprisingly, there’s a lawsuit pending. I’m sure every lawyer in New Mexico was queuing up for this one, and rightly so. There is such a thing as reasonable suspicion, and while I don’t think the police had that in this case, I can understand why reasonable people might disagree. However once the initial x-ray came back as negative, that should have ended it. There certainly should not have been any anal probing.
I know we’re all concerned about things like the NSA and the TSA and the like. But it’s worth noting that at this point, in trying to fight a war against our own citizens, police have powers that would have likely horrified the Founders and certainly should horrify just about any thinking person in this country.
The sad part of all this is that due to the expansion of police powers, I have a feeling the courts will rule that no laws were broken. I’m even willing to bet the AMA will have no problem with what the doctors did; the police had a warrant, after all. So I have a feeling that the most likely outcome is some vague ass-covering by the police chief and that’s about it.
Oh, and before any of you start going on about the price of justice and how, well, he was probably guilty of something, put yourself, for a moment, in this man’s shoes, and remember that he wasn’t guilty of, at least at that point in time, breaking even one single law other than failing to stop at a stop sign. Remember all that. Because, make no mistake, if it can happen to him, it can certainly happen to you.