Traffic stop leads to multiple cavity searches of a man who had no drugs

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DEMING, N.M. —  Police pulled over New Mexico man David Eckert after he rolled through a stop sign in January. They asked him to exit the vehicle and believed they had probable cause to search him because he was clenching his buttocks and police believed he had narcotics in or on his person.

A search warrant allowed police to perform an anal cavity search and while the first doctor wouldn’t conduct the search citing ethical concerns, physicians at a neighboring medical center agreed, and what ensued can only be described as a horrific.

Chronology of events from Albuquerque TV station KOB’s Chris Ramirez, based on a medical records and a lawsuit filed by Eckert:

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. 

Eckert is now suing the city of Deming and the three responding officers. For more details, check out the full Report from KOB including lawsuit documents.

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