Editor’s Note – Here in the southwestern border states of the United States (New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and California) we have much to worry about. Whether its ‘gun walking’, drug trafficking, human trafficking, random road blocks and permanent immigration check points and much more, one thing none of us thought we needed to fear was a forced enema or colonoscopy.
What is craziest about this is the police had to find a second hospital, out of jurisdiction and past the time of the warrant to hold the suspect, to perform repeated anal searches of an innocent man. Why, because he clenched his buttocks on a police stop for not coming to a full stop at a stop sign? A regular guy, a welder, is now being charged for the colonoscopy he never consented to.
The Mayor is defending his town’s police, but at least the town is supporting Mr. Eckert. There should be a sign prior to entering Deming, NM that says: “Free Colonoscopies, Almost Stop Here.” What is happening in America?
We hope David Eckert wins his lawsuit, the Deming, NM Mayor is ousted, and that the police chief gets fired. We also wish to applaud the doctor who initially refused to perform the search. It appears that the first hospital refused to do the search.
Doctors at Members Memorial Hospital refused to cooperate, however, telling officers that the search would be unethical.
We, like the many reporting this story will be following up for you as some of the reports have minor conflicts with one another, but it appears the main stream of the story is true. We also want to know why the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, N.M. did not refuse as did the first hospital and doctor.
‘You could never anticipate this happening in the USA’
By Jason Howerton – TheBlaze
What began as a simple traffic stop ended in a humiliating and nightmarish ordeal for a New Mexico man. It won’t come as a surprise to most people why the man has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit.
The incident began on Jan. 2 as David Eckert was leaving the local Walmart in Deming, N.M. He reportedly failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign, prompting police to pull him over.
The officers asked him to step out of the vehicle and claim the man appeared to be clenching his buttocks, Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, told TheBlaze. It is unclear why police removed him from the vehicle in the first place. However, because the cops believed he was clenching his buttocks, they took it as reason to suspect him of hiding narcotics in his anal cavity.
Police officers detained Eckert while they sought a search warrant for an anal cavity search.
“What is so strange about this case is they held him with no evidence,” Kennedy said. “They seized him to collect evidence, to go on a fishing expedition on someone’s body.”
Upon securing the warrant, Deming police officers took the man to an emergency room, but hit their first snag when a doctor refused to perform the anal cavity search because he believed it to be “unethical.”
So police tried again at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, N.M., where doctors agreed to the search.
KOB-TV outlined the disturbing series of events that occurred next, details confirmed by medical records and official documents provided to TheBlaze by Eckert’s attorney:
1. Eckert’s abdominal area was X-rayed; no narcotics were found.
2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
7. Doctors then X-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon and large intestines. No narcotics were found.
Kennedy told TheBlaze these are undisputed facts from medical records, not claims made by her client.
As he was being detained and probed, Kennedy said Eckert never gave doctors his consent to perform the procedures and protested his treatment, which all arose from the simple traffic violation.
The entire ordeal lasted for roughly 12 hours.
TheBlaze has reached out to the Deming Police Department. This story will be updated should the department respond.