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Traffic Stop Leads To Police Ordered Anal Probes And Colonoscopy That Turn Up Nothing

police carA New Mexico traffic stop [1] gone horribly wrong illustrates just how quickly Americans can be stripped of their civil rights [2].

David Eckert, a man who was repeatedly strip searched, X-rayed, and forced to undergo a colonoscopy, has filed a federal lawsuit [3] against the law enforcement officers and hospital officials that turned a minor traffic violation into a horrific nightmare.

Eckert was stopped for failing to make a complete stop after leaving a Deming, New Mexico, Walmart. He then was ordered to get out of his vehicle, according to statements his attorney Shannon Kennedy made to The Blaze.

Deming police officers reportedly thought that Eckert was “clenching his buttocks,” prompting them to believe he may have been hiding drugs in his anal cavity. Officers then obtained a warrant to allow them to conduct an anal cavity search, which required a doctor.

The first doctor refused to conduct the search, but physicians at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to do it.

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According to KOB-TV, David Eckert’s medical records reveal he was forced to undergo the following:

Eckert [5] protested the forced anal probes and other medical procedures throughout his ordeal. He spent approximately 12 hours on a table with doctors reaching into his body – all because of a supposedly clenched buttocks during a routine traffic stop for a minor moving violation. The search warrant issued in the adjacent county was only valid through 10 p.m., yet the colonoscopy was not initiated until 1 am.

Eckert’s attorney said this about the repeated body cavity searches:

What is so strange about this case is they held him with no evidence. They seized him to collect evidence, to go on a fishing expedition on someone’s body. It’s a nightmare, it is unfathomable. You could never anticipate this happening in the United States of America.

Kennedy went on to state that in his nearly two decades of practicing law, the David Eckert case might be the most egregious incident of law enforcement abuse he had ever known. The attorney pointed out multiple concerns associated with the warrant used to conduct the multiple cavity searches. The warrant was valid strictly in Luna County, but the series of anal cavity searches were carried out at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Grant County.

The New Mexico man is suing Deming police officers Robert Chavez, Bobby Orosco, and officer Hernandez (first name not listed) as well as the city of Deming, Hidalgo County deputies David Arredondo, Robert Rodriquez and Patrick Green; Deputy District Attorney Daniel Dougherty and the Gila Regional Medical Center, including Robert Wilcox, M.D. and doctor Okay Odocha. Attorneys representing the defendants declined to comment.

Do you think David Eckert’s civil rights were violated?