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#1 Hum

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 00:52

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- A southern New Mexico man who was pulled over for not making a complete stop was taken to two hospitals and forced to have anal probes, three enemas,  :|  two body X-rays and a colonoscopy because police thought he was hiding drugs, according a federal lawsuit. In El Paso, a woman crossing the border was stripped searched, vaginally probed then taken to the hospital for more invasive tests, a forced bowel movement, X-rays and scans, the American Civil Liberties Union says.

No drugs were found in either of the cases, and both people are now being billed for thousands of dollars by the hospitals, according to attorneys, who say the cases raise serious question about law enforcement practices along the border.

"It's terrifying," said Laura Schauer Ives, an attorney with the ACLU in Albuquerque.

"I think law enforcement has been emboldened, particularly when it comes to drug interdiction. It's kind of anything goes. You couple that with drug interdiction at the border and you have a recipe for serious civil liberties violations."

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of David Eckert against police and sheriff's officials in Deming and Hidalgo County, which borders Mexico, alleges Deming police sought a search warrant for Eckert because they thought he appeared to be clenching his buttocks when he got out of his car Jan. 2. According to the lawsuit, Hildalgo County sheriff's deputies officers told the Deming police officers Eckert was known in the area for carrying drugs inside his body. Police also brought in a drug-sniffing dog, which detected something in the driver's seat.

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#2 Shadrack

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 02:02

New York has stop and frisk.  New Mexico has pull over and probe.

 

 

Sickening.

 

There is actually two people who have come forward that this has happened to now:

 

from: http://www.kob.com/a...00#.Unr1IOLNl8G

 

 

Our investigation reveals another chapter. Another man, another minor traffic violation, another incident with Leo the K-9 and another example of the violation of a man's body.

Police reports state deputies stopped Timothy Young because he turned without putting his blinker on.

 

Again, Leo the K-9 alerts on Young's seat.

Young is taken to the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, and just like Eckert, he's subjected to medical procedures including x-rays of his stomach and an anal exam.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:12

This is the beginning of a new trend unfortunately.

 

Farewell the Fourth Amendment. Say hello to the Police State.

 

The idea is to dehumanize the citizens.



#4 Open Minded

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:18

Looks like I found a new travel destination.



#5 Xahid

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:20

Welcome to the New world,

No more Humanism



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:04

Do they put condoms on them first, or do these probes just go from rectum to rectum as is?

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:13

Endoscopes are sterilized before use and it's done under a light anesthesia, similar to what dentists use. Rectal exams are done with lubricated gloved fingers.

The man who was under scrutiny I can understand if the report of him previously having been caught hiding drugs in his rectum is true. It's very possible he was still on probation, in which case he had no expectation or right to privacy and can be searched for a parole violation at any time. This is nothing new - a very old practice.

The woman we haven't enough information about, but at border crossing & TSA terminals for international passage the rules are VERY different than for usual police interactions. You are now dealing with the Feds: Border Patrol, DHS, FBI, DEA, whatever - not the locals. They CAN search someone, especially if instruments or dogs register a "hit."

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:35

This is absolutely an insane invasion of privacy.

 

Not worth the time and effort to seize a little bit of drugs.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:40

Pretty digusting abuse of power.

 

Also, why should they have to pay the bill when the searches were demanded by the police?



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:42

Being billed by the hospitals for the things the police made them do is wrong. How can they even do that?



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:11

This is the beginning of a new trend unfortunately.

 

Farewell the Fourth Amendment. Say hello to the Police State.

 

The idea is to dehumanize the citizens.

if they want to anally probe me, chance exists that i'll resist on every front, even if it means fighting with an officer. i will not be degraded by anyone, to hell with gov. brutality!



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:22

They were prolly fronting as decoys ...



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:37

The man who was under scrutiny I can understand if the report of him previously having been caught hiding drugs in his rectum is true. It's very possible he was still on probation, in which case he had no expectation or right to privacy and can be searched for a parole violation at any time. This is nothing new - a very old practice.

The woman we haven't enough information about, but at border crossing & TSA terminals for international passage the rules are VERY different than for usual police interactions. You are now dealing with the Feds: Border Patrol, DHS, FBI, DEA, whatever - not the locals. They CAN search someone, especially if instruments or dogs register a "hit."

I can't say I'm surprised to see you defending such a blatant violation of the 4th Amendment. Your respect for the US Constitution seems rather inconsistent, especially given your vigorous defence of the 2nd Amendment.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:43

Sheesh, talk about taking it in the ass!



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:59

I hope they own the towns.