NM Cops Sued Over Traffic Stop Anal Probes

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New Mexico Sued Over Traffic Stop Anal Probe

A 54-year-old man filed a federal lawsuit against police is New Mexico after a routine traffic stop turned into a fifteen-hour nightmare in which police, hyper-concerned that he might be hiding drugs in his butt, repeatedly forced the man to undergo anal cavity searches, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

A police officer in the city of Deming stopped David Eckert for failing to make a full stop at a stop sign on January 2 of this year. Eckert says he was just leaving Walmart—whose slogan "Save Money, Live Better," was far from true for the New Mexico man that day—and the officer demanded he exit his vehicle before subjecting him to a roadside search.

Concerned that Eckert—after being yanked from his car for an alleged stop sign infraction—appeared to be "clenching his buttocks" too tightly—which police consider a sure sign of drug smuggling—the officer handcuffed the man, tossed him in the back of his patrol car, and drove him to police headquarters. Additional officers worked to get a warrant to search the man's butthole, which a county judge issued in short order.

But when police arrived at the hospital, a doctor at Mimbres Memorial Hospital refused to comply with their order to give the man an anal probe, citing ethical concerns. Police then drove Eckert to another county to find a doctor willing to force their way into the man's butthole. By the time they arrived at the next hospital, the butt-search warrant had expired hours prior, Eckert's attorney claims, but officers demanded health professionals help them get a look up his rectum.

Police found a willing doctor at Gila Regional Medical, who twice "digitally examined"—meaning finger fucked—Eckert's butt. No drugs were found. The hospital x-rayed his anal cavity and his chest, and still found no drugs. Unconvinced, the hospital forced Eckert—who protested every procedure—to undergo sedation and three separate enemas. Police and hospital staff then examined the contents of his bowel movements. Still no drugs.

None of this convinced police that Eckert might have been clenching his butt cheeks during the aggressive stop because he was scared of overbearing cops. Convinced the man was hiding drugs somewhere way up his butt hole, hospital workers performed a colonoscopy on the man, sticking a tube and a fiber optic camera far up his ass to inspect his insides.

And still no drugs were found. After fifteen hours of horror, Eckert was released and never charged. Later he received a bill for over $6,000 from Gila Regional Medical for all of the medical procedures they forced him to undergo while under armed guard. The hospital actually sent the mortified man to collections.

Eckert's attorney told the Albuquerque Journal that the defendants—the asshole-obsessed police departments—responded to their court filing "and did not dispute any of the facts" presented. She intends to file for summary judgment over the forced sedation, finger fucking, butt douching, and fiber-optic camera anal probe.