This is how far cops go to "Prove drug possession"
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#1 Nov 7, 2013
Man At Traffic Stop With ‘Butt Cheeks Clenched Suspiciously’ Subjected To Repeated Anal Cavity Searches, Forced Defecation, Colonoscopy
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This is all very real. Law Enforcement is totally out of control.
#2 Nov 7, 2013
Bulldog, they are not protecters of the local citizens anymore. Now they just hire idiots to toss out to be the first to die. Just as local cops can and do send a dog in first after a target. The feds now send in local tards with a badge and hero complex to draw fire too. We don't have local common sence cops. We are now getting trained militarized police as front line fodder. The feds use them, the state uses them, and as lond as they are paid and told they are special, they will continue to harass and try to push citizens around. They are there just to fill the coffers with cash and keep the system running full tilt for profit. Simple minded trained dogs.
#3 Nov 8, 2013
There are some follow up stories on this one that showed this was not the first time they did this either, it is a common practice.
Also the drug sniffing dog they have been using to get probable cause for the forced enemas and anal searches isn't even certified!
Despite all these, the case is focusing on the fact that the warrant they got had expired and was for a different county. They are not debating whether police should be allowed to arrest people for traffic infractions like improper lane change and then force them to have multiple enemas and anal searches, based on nothing more than an officer saying he saw an uncertified improperly trained dog with a bad accuracy record "signal" a find.
#4 Nov 9, 2013
This is my point, there is not a war on drugs. There is a war against the people. Law enforcement is using "drugs" as a way to break the people. Whether or not you do drugs or know someone who does drugs. Law enforcement is using this so called war on drugs to keep people afraid. At any time, for any reason, law enforcement can and will stop you and "frisk" you which is another way of saying manhandle, grope, assault, humiliate and embarrass you at their very whim. Probable cause is nothing. Maybe you look like a druggie. Up all day with your kids and worked the night shift you have slightly slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Officer pulled you over because you crossed the center line or didn't use your turn signal. You must be on drugs. So you are manhandled, grouped, assaulted, humiliated and embarrassed and now YOU have to PROVE that you ARE NOT on drugs. This is not how the system is supposed to work people.
#5 Nov 9, 2013
I wish this had not been been posted because Ronnie may decide to start doing it here in Hawkins County. As a precaution I'm going to concentrate much more on observing all traffic regulations.
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#6 Nov 10, 2013
I completely agree with Bulldog. Also, the police do not protect and serve the citizens anymore. People wake up and realize what the Obama regime is up to. Has anyone noticed the lack of Christmas advertising commercials on TV this year? Used to be they would start the advertisements before Halloween even rolled around. Getting rid of religion and firearms were the first things Hitler did. How many of you want this once great Country to become totally communist? It is already socialist. ObamaCare will be the same or worse than England's Socialized Medicine. Very long waits, inferior care, etc. Do we really want to live in a police state, where they can do the anal searches and whatnot whenever they choose, regardless of probable cause?
#7 Nov 10, 2013
Take over america, bring down government and the country. This is Our country, not Theirs. This Country belongs to Christians only, all others, including MUSLIM TERRORIST OBAMA need to be deported back to wherever the hell they come from.
#8 Nov 11, 2013
More New Mexico Body Cavity Search Horrors
HIGH TIMES reported today of the shocking case in New Mexico that is gaining national attention. David Eckert, stopped by police for running a stop sign in a Wal-Mart parking lot, was suspected of possessing drugs by a Deming city police officer. Eckert consented to a search of his vehicle (note: don’t ever do that!) and a police dog named Leo alerted to the smell of narcotics at the driver’s compartment. The K-9 handler told the Deming officer that Eckert had a history of drug possession and smuggling by hiding narcotics in his rectum.
Based on the drug dog alert, the K-9 handler’s tip, and the officer’s observation that Eckert appeared nervous and was clenching his buttocks, the officer sought and received a search warrant for Eckert’s person. The ensuing ordeal for Eckert consisted of a transfer to a hospital in a neighboring county where he was subject to at least 12 hours of invasive searches and medical procedures, including two manual probes of his anus, two x-rays, three enemas and a colonoscopy. No drugs were ever found in or on Eckert or in his car, and the man has now filed a federal lawsuit against the cops, judges and doctors involved, claiming that in addition to the humiliation and pain he suffered, the warrant was invalid for the county where and time when he was probed, the judge who granted the warrant did so on essentially an anonymous tip, and the K-9 dog hadn’t been certified since 2011.
Shortly after this story broke, word leaked of another shockingly similar incident. This time, Timothy Young made a turn without signaling. Police pulled him over, suspected him of carrying drugs and brought in the same uncertified K-9, which alerted to the smell of narcotics. Young was taken to the same hospital as Eckert, and subjected to some of the same procedures, including manual anal probes and x-rays. Just like Eckert’s warrant, Young’s warrant was only valid in the county he was arrested in, not the county where the hospital is located.
Now a third victim, a woman who wishes to remain anonymous, has come forward to report her sexual assault by members of the Customs and Border Patrol as she crossed the New Mexico border into El Paso, Texas. Once again, a drug dog (not the same one this time) alerted to the presence of narcotics. The woman was strip searched and asked to spread her genitalia and cough. Female agents performed manual probes of her anus and vagina.
When no drugs were found, she was taken to the El Paso University Medical Center, and she was forced to defecate in front of medical staff. Then came the x-ray, another cavity search of vagina and anus (noted as “bi-manual,” or “two-handed” in the medical report), topped off with a CAT scan. And still, no drugs were found.
Shocking as these stories are, the terrifying part is that in all three cases, cops just might get away with it. Despite the violation of the time and location requirements in the Eckert and Young cases’ warrants, courts often give great latitude to police if their actions are determined to be “in good faith.” In the woman’s case, she’s dealing with federal Border Patrol officials who are given much greater authority to conduct searches for drugs.
Unfortunately for them all, as the New York Times reported, the US Supreme Court in April of 2012 decided 5-4 that “officials may strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jails even if the officials have no reason to suspect the presence of contraband.” This decision affirmed the decisions of lower courts that held “people may be strip-searched after arrests for violating a leash law, driving without a license, failing to pay child support… driving with a noisy muffler, failing to use a turn signal and riding a bicycle without an audible bell.”
And to add degrading insult to humiliating injury? The hospitals have billed the victims for all the medical procedures.
Time to end the war on drugs.
#9 Dec 23, 2013
This is what they did to the El Paso woman. Would any of you men stand for this kid of treatment of your wife, mother, daughter or sister?
Woman sues over vaginal, anal exams in El Paso drug search
New Mexico woman was searched for six hours at border, University Medical Center
By Aaron Bracamontes / El Paso Times
Posted: 12/18/2013 10:39:21 PM MST
›› View a copy of the lawsuit
A New Mexico woman claims in a federal lawsuit that she underwent a brutal and inhumane six-hour full-body cavity search by federal officers that included anal and vaginal probes that made her feel like an "animal."
The woman, a Lovington, N.M. resident, also is suing University Medical Center, where she was forced to have an observed bowel movement, was X-rayed, had a speculum exam, vaginal exam and had a CT scan.
The suit claims the hospital "violated her" and then gave her the $5,000 bill.
The lawsuit names the El Paso County Hospital District's Board of Managers, University Medical Center, Drs. Michael Parsa and Christopher Cabanillas, two unknown supervising U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and two other CBP officers only identified by their last names of Portillo and Herrera as defendants. The doctors and the agents could not be reached for comment.
The 54-year-old woman, who is not identified in the suit, is asking for an unspecified amount of money and to end the policy that gives federal agents and officers the authority to stick their fingers and objects up people's cavities when they search for drugs.
The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union in federal court in El Paso on behalf of the woman who was stopped as she crossed at the Bridge of the Americas a year ago. Despite the six-hour search at the port and then later at UMC, no drugs were found.
The woman is identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, the woman was first frisked and strip-searched at the port of entry, where officers stuck their fingers inside her rectum and vagina. When that search came up negative, she was taken to University Medical Center.
"These extreme and illegal searches deeply traumatized our client," ACLU of New Mexico Legal Director Laura Schauer Ives said in the news release. "The fact that our government treated an innocent 54-year-old woman with such brutality and inhumanity should outrage all Americans. We must ensure that government agents never put another person through a nightmare like this ever again."
A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a prepared statement that the agency could not talk about a specific lawsuit.
"As a practice CBP does not comment on pending litigation," the statement said. "CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off-duty."
University Medical Center also declined to get into specifics of the lawsuit.
"Hospital policy is to obtain consent from all patients who receive medical services at UMC," spokeswoman Margaret Altoff-Olivas said in a statement. "Because this case involves litigation, UMC will not be commenting further."
The search took place at about 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 2012, when the woman was coming back from seeing a family friend, whom she calls "uncle" and tries to visit once a month.
As her passport was swiped, a CBP officer told her she was "randomly" picked for a secondary inspection, where Portillo and Herrera frisked her through her clothing.
#10 Dec 23, 2013
"One of the agents ran her finger over Ms. Doe's genital area during the frisk," the lawsuit said.
Then the woman was told to squat as one of the officers "inserted her finger in the crevice of Ms. Doe's buttocks." The frisk did not show any evidence of contraband or drugs, the lawsuit said.
Then the woman was told to stand in a line with other people as a drug-sniffing dog walked by.
The officer with the dog "hit the ground by her feet, but did not hit the ground by any of the others in the line," the lawsuit said. "The dog responded by lunging onto Ms. Doe and landing its front paws on her torso."
Ives said she does not believe this was a proper signal to indicate a drugs were present, but officers used it to continue the search.
The woman was taken to another room and asked to take off her pants and crouch as her anus and vagina were examined with a flashlight, the lawsuit said.
The woman, now crying, was taken to University Medical Center after the strip search did not find anything.
"During the car ride to the Medical Center, Ms. Doe asked if the agents had a warrant," the lawsuit said. "One of them responded that they did not need a warrant."
While handcuffed to an examination table, the woman was searched again by both officers and Cabanillas and Parsa. She was given a laxative and had a bowel movement in a portable toilet in front of both officers, the lawsuit said.
Then the woman's abdomen was X-rayed, but there were no signs of drugs or any other contraband in the woman's body. A speculum was used to probe her vagina and Parsa's fingers were used to inspect both her vagina and rectum while the door to the examining room was left open, the lawsuit said.
At this point the lawsuit claims, "Ms. Doe felt that she was being treated less than human, like an animal."
The last test was a CT scan of the woman's abdomen and pelvis, which resulted in no evidence of illegal activity being found.
The lawsuit said after the CT scan one of the officers told the woman she could sign the medical consent form and CBP would pay for the exams, but if she did not sign, she would be charged. The woman refused to sign and eventually she was charged more than $5,000 for the examinations.
According to the lawsuit, she repeatedly refused to consent to any of the searches.
University Medical Center's search of patients policy states, "Associates, members of Medical Staff, Residents or Allied Health Professionals may search a patient only when necessary to comply with a search warrant." Under the subhead procedure, the policy states, "...unless a patient consents, an invasion of the patient's body to obtain evidence requires a search warrant."
A warrant was not obtained, the lawsuit said.
"However, in practice, the Medical Center staff and CBP agents routinely conduct invasive cavity searches without warrant, consent or sufficient suspicion to justify the searches," the lawsuit said. "When Ms. Doe expressed dismay about the unreasonable searches she suffered, a Medical Center employee responded that these procedures were routinely followed when an individual is brought in by CBP agents."
In a phone interview, Ives said searches like the one the 54-year-old woman went through are illegal and becoming common among law enforcement.
"When the less intrusive search didn't find any evidence of drugs, more intrusive searches should have not been used," Ives said. "Any one of those searches should have eliminated any suspicion of drugs. A second search should make it clear and at most a third search should have been the last."
#12 Dec 23, 2013
we have allowed the authorities to become our masters. it is past time to stop the loss of individual liberties. to be honest revolution is in order
#13 Dec 24, 2013
Oh get over your Whiney assed attitudes. I don't expect any of you cowardly pieces of crap that hide behind a computer would be out patrolling to protect drug addicted fools and other low lives such as yourself. Don't do the crimes and then there would be no reason to hate on cops. Post a few articles, try to shine a bad light on a profession that is underpaid and definitely unappreciated. I hope if you are ever in need of a cop that they are handcuffing ur sorry asses and that its not because they are putting their life on the line for which u do NOT deserve!!!!!!
#14 Dec 24, 2013
[QUOTE who="REALLY?!?"]Oh get over your Whiney assed attitudes. I don't expect any of you cowardly pieces of crap that hide behind a computer would be out patrolling to protect drug addicted fools and other low lives such as yourself. Don't do the crimes and then there would be no reason to hate on cops. Post a few articles, try to shine a bad light on a profession that is underpaid and definitely unappreciated. I hope if you are ever in need of a cop that they are handcuffing ur sorry asses and that its not because they are putting their life on the line for which u do NOT deserve!!!!!![/QUOTE]You miss the point. The person who was subjected to the illegal and degrading search was innocent. No drugs were found. Judging by your post, you must be a cop, wannabee friend, or family of a cop. If I did need a cop, I would be hesitant to call if you are typical of our local ones. Perhaps you like the idea of performing body cavity searches.
#15 Dec 24, 2013
Bulldog's post was way too long
#16 Dec 24, 2013
Yeah every 'criminal' claims to be innocent. And yeah do us a favor and save the cops time and don't call them if u are in need. Or when they may have to help u... Think about it jack!!
#17 Dec 25, 2013
If there were no drugs in Rogersville there would be 90% without jobs. Just think about it....
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