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November 7, 2013 - 1:00 pm

NOJUSTNO

When I saw the headline to this story, I briefly considered filing it under the silly “News You Can Use” category.

But no.

Just no.

Not after reading the details:

The nightmare began on January 2, 2013. New Mexico resident Eckert was driving out of a WalMart parking lot when he didn’t make a complete stop at a stop sign, and was pulled over. Law enforcement thought he was “clenching his buttocks,” and obtained a search warrant from a judge to search his anus for narcotics.

But Eckert’s lawyer is raising concerns about the validity of the search warrant, saying that it was broad and lacked probable cause. In addition, the medical room where Eckert was taken was outside the jurisdiction of the search warrant, making the searches performed on him illegally.

Police from Deming, New Mexico took Eckert to an emergency room to undergo the anal cavity search, but a doctor refused to perform it because it was “unethical,” according to the lawsuit.  But a few hours later, doctors agreed to perform the search.

It wasn’t only one search. An x-ray of Eckert found no narcotics. Doctors performed a search of his anus with their fingers. Again, nothing was found. On three separate occasions, doctors inserted an “enema”–a device used to induce bowel movements–into Eckert, and he was forced to defecate. They x-rayed him again. Nothing was ever found.

There really is no end to the depravities of the drug war. I hope this guy takes that department, the individual cops, and the doctors for everything they’re worth.

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Cross-posted from Vodkapundit

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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My concern is that accused police officers often get light punishment or leniency because they are police officers. My attitude is that dirty cops should get DOUBLE the punishment that a regular citizen should get - just because he's SUPPOSED TO BE BETTER than that. Police have extraordinary levels of power and authority; they should be held to a correspondingly higher standard of behavior.

This sort of egregious behavior not only demeans the accused police officers, it lowers the respect that all police officers need, and which most deserve.
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Tell them how this story makes you feel... local news media and law enforcement are following events here:

Search Facebook for "Gila Regional Protest" and show your support.

Many local residents are concerned and organizing a peaceful picket line to express their disapproval of these actions.
41 weeks ago
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Still waiting for the author on this site who previously wrote that article defending the cop's for shooting the kid carrying the airsoft gun as being, I believe the phrase offered was, "awful but lawful", put in an appearance and explain this one away.
41 weeks ago
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As egregious as Eckert's rape was, it's one drop from an ocean of abuse under color of law, including a number of outright murders of peaceable citizens. There is no remedy but by force of arms...and that's the one remedy we appear to be too squeamish to apply.
41 weeks ago
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Hopefully, this will be a watershed event in public perception of the "war on drugs".

The cure became worse than the disease a long time ago.
41 weeks ago
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Cops being cops.

I consider the NOPD to be a greater threat than the criminals are, at least I know that I can legally shoot a criminal for violent assault and robbery.
41 weeks ago
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My concern is that accused police officers often get light punishment or leniency because they are police officers. My attitude is that dirty cops should get DOUBLE the punishment that a regular citizen should get - just because he's SUPPOSED TO BE BETTER than that. Police have extraordinary levels of power and authority; they should be held to a correspondingly higher standard of behavior.

This sort of egregious behavior not only demeans the accused police officers, it lowers the respect that all police officers need, and which most deserve.
42 weeks ago
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Agreed. Look, if you file a false police report, you will be criminally charged. If a cop makes a false report, he will face employment discipline, maybe being fired, in which case he will just move on to another department. Lots of other scenarios where cops get away with stuff we would have our life turned upside down for doing. Any "dirty" cops should face criminal charges, and be banned for life from police work. Sorry to clean, ethical cops, but your bad apple brothers are costing you the respect you should have.
41 weeks ago
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The doctors will likely lose their medical licenses over this. This is essentially a economic death sentence for the doctors involved.
42 weeks ago
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And Eckert has had previous cjarges dismissed. This was simply payback by the cops.
42 weeks ago
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It's come out that this may have been racially motivated, Hispanic cops trying to clear white people out of a Hispanic neighborhood.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/11/05/man-seeks-millions-after-nm-police-force-colonoscopy-in-drug-search
41 weeks ago
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I live in Silver City and do not see this as racial.
41 weeks ago
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Yep.

It's now come to light that Eckert has a history of drug use and arrest. And that in no way justifies any of what was done to him.

And this uncertified drug dog we keep hearing about? Dogs can be easily trained......to falsely "hit" regardless of the presence of actual drugs.
42 weeks ago
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I've seen reports that say the whole "drug dog" thing is a complete scam.

I think we need to re-examine the issue. Thoroughly.
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