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Lawsuit: Police And Doctors Conduct Illegal Cavity Search, Colonoscopy On Innocent Man

A Southern New Mexico man has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Deming and several Deming Police Officers after a January police stop turned into a complete nightmare.

According to the lawsuit, David Eckert was pulled over by Deming police January 2 after failing to make a complete stop at a stop sign outside a Wal-Mart parking lot. After ordering Eckert out of his vehicle, police began insisting that Eckert was clenching his buttocks, claiming the action was probable cause to suspect illegal drugs were hidden inside his anal cavity.

During an interview with KOB 4 Eyewitness News, Eckert’s attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said law enforcement then successfully obtained a cavity search warrant after contacting a local judge. Police then drove to a local hospital where a doctor refused to carry out the search, telling police the task was “unethical.” Despite the warrant only covering Luna County, Police illegally drove Eckert to Silver City’s Gila Regional Medical Center in Grant County, where he soon underwent what many would consider outright torture.

Medical records released to KOB 4 News revealed in graphic detail just how far police and doctors went, reminiscent of something one would expect to hear from Abu Ghraib prison.

Being held against his will, doctors x-rayed Eckert’s abdominal cavity, only to have the results find absolutely nothing. Incredibly, Deming police were not satisfied.

Doctors were then ordered to examine and penetrate Eckert’s anus with their fingers, searching deep inside Eckert’s body without his permission, only to find nothing. Unbelievably, doctors then proceeded to penetrate Eckert’s anus a second time, again finding absolutely nothing.

Clearly innocent after undergoing procedures usually reserved for maximum security prisoners, Eckert was then forced by doctors and police to receive an enema. Doctors filled Eckert’s anal cavity with large amounts of water, forcing Eckert to defecate as doctors picked through his fecal matter, only to find nothing.

Disgustingly, Eckert was subjected to a second enema, yet again defecating all over the floor as police looked on. Once again, doctors came up empty handed

The torture continued as police ordered a third enema, again producing absolutely no drugs whatsoever.

Eckert was then thrown back under the x-ray machine, blasted with radiation for a second time, only to have the same result, no drugs detected inside Eckert’s body.

Likely exhausted at this point, Eckert’s ordeal was far from over. Not finding any drugs, doctors then decided to take Eckert to the operating table where he would be sedated against his will and prepared for surgery. Doctors then proceeded to carry out a colonoscopy, shoving a camera deep into Eckert, reaching as far as his large intestine. To no surprise, Eckert was not concealing any drugs inside his body.

Despite the warrant being invalid due to the location change, police went one step further by carrying out the search past the warrant’s 10 p.m. time limit, spending 14 hours with Eckert. According to medical records, Eckert’s colonoscopy did not even begin until 1 a.m.

“If the officers in Hidalgo County and the City of Deming are seeking warrants for anal cavity searches based on how they’re standing and the warrant allows doctors at the Gila Hospital of Horrors to go in and do enemas and colonoscopies without consent, then anyone can be seized and that’s why the public needs to know about this,” Kennedy told KOB 4 News.

Eckert’s lawsuit not only lists the City of Deming but Deming Police Officers Robert Chavez and Bobby Orosco. Others include Officer Hernandez as well as Hidalgo County Deputies Robert Rodriguez, Patrick Green and David Arredondo.

“This is like something out of a science fiction film, anal probing by government officials and public employees,” Kennedy said.

Eckert’s situation represents an incredibly dangerous trend among government agencies. Late last year, two Texas women were forced to undergo roadside body cavity searches during a routine traffic stop. According to a lawsuit later filed, the anus and vagina of both women was touched with the same latex gloves, never changed between searches.

In early 2011 while going through a Dallas TSA security checkpoint, Susie Castillo, who became Miss USA in 2003, was singled out for an extensive pat-down by an older female TSA employee. According to Castillo, the TSA employee touched Castillo’s vagina 4 times, an experience she had never once before had at any other airport.


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  1. We have been transformed into a Fascist police state just like the late 1970's! Change you want to believe in? Not me!


    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

  2. total insanity!!!!

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  4. What the H— is our country coming to??? People are getting crazier and crazier day by day. Too many horror stories!!!

  5. Well at least the doctor who refused was not maimed or killed for "contempt of cop."

  6. This is sick…The cops must be into B&D or S&M…Hate attack also,Hispanic cops and White man. What is wrong with cops nowadays???? This kind of stuff is happening alllllll over the country!!!

    • Not so sure this is a racial thing, at least not from what the story reads. Not everything in this country has to be race so lets hold off on this until we know more. It could just be a case of the wrong people being hired for a job that come with an extreme amount of responsibility and is suppose to be to protect and serve. Now as a FLEO and also trained paramedic, I've taken two oaths, one to serve and uphold the Constitution (staying within the scope of my authority & the color of law), and two as a paramedic to do no harm (this basically translates to a trained medical professional not to try and play God that could possibly cause more harm than good to an injured person while trying to help that person). My biggest fear as I have seen time and time again is that all cops will be painted with the same broad brush. As an LEO any time you perform or act in a manner that is brought into question you must explain yourself for your actions and justify them. In this case I don't see how the cops & medical professionals involved could do that but I only have one side of the story here. I seriously doubt this could be justified though.

  7. What's astounding is the fact that police and medical personnel went on to perform invasive tests not once but three times against Eckert. Which would suggest that this was no longer just getting to the bottom of the truth, as one test would have sufficed (assuming it was legally mandated) but a personnel and calculated attack on who they saw as a perpetrator and an individual who dared to question their power and authority? Yet isn't that what makes us democratic in the first place and what are we to make of such heinous abuse of power and where do we as a society draw a line but why do such authority figures insist on going to such extreme levels?

  8. These police are obvious space Aliens of the famous Anal Probing type. Weird…

  9. I hope he breaks his foot off in their a**, via LAWSUIT!!!!!
    This is a vulgar display of power, and a perfect example of a too large and corrupt system. Coming forward is brave, and will probably save someone else from this barbaric behavior.

  10. Whilst many commenters here castigate the Cops, very few seem to realize the criminal acts perpetrated by the hospital people, who should also be charged with committing criminal acts against the victim.
    Where does it say, in U.S. law, that hospital workers must obey illegal orders given by Cops ?
    Clearly, the hospital was out of line full stop.
    The Cops need charging and locked up ASAP, the quicker they get Cops like this off the street the better for everyone, INCLUDING the Police.
    I hope this victim is successful in his suit, and is awarded the millions of dollars he deserves. That millions of dollars needs to come out of the Cops budget, in specific, the salary budget. That's the only way these a***holes will ever learn.

    • Sadly the taxpayers will be stuck with the bill and the officers will get a paid vacati erm I mean suspension. Police body cams need to be forced by law to prevent this type of absurd abuse from happening in the future. They’ve proven time and time again they cannot be trusted with power. It’s time for the people to take it back before it’s too late.

      I mean come on they practically raped the poor guy..

      Those sad shameless aholes that are supposed to be protecting the people make me sick.

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  12. This is the most disturbing case of police and government misconduct that I have ever heard of. I hope that Mr. Eckert wins his federal lawsuit and is awarded such a substantial amount of money that it will deter this kind of egregious misconduct in every city and county in this country. I also hope that everyone involved, from the judge, to all LEO's present, the unethical Dr's, all the way down to whomever at GRMC that decided to send Mr. Eckert the bill face real and lasting ill consequences. Simple slaps on the wrist and paid vacations disguised as suspensions will not do. Pink Slips, disbarments, medical license revocations, indictments and civil suits that result in actual jail time and monies awarded directly from the individuals bank accounts are more in line. When there are real consequences associated with such dubious actions it will make those in power think twice before violating our civil and constitutional rights.

  13. This is one of the most outrageous stories of out of control government I have heard of!!!! Where is common sense and accountability????

  14. Johnathon Richmond

    If that was my brother, these two police officers would already have been kidnapped, raped, sliced with box cutters, they would have every joint injected with Neulasta steroid, and then sulfuric acid in their eyeballs.

  15. Unbefinglievable…America’s founding fathers are rolling in their graves right now. Notice how it was mostly Mexican background cops doing this to a white man as well.
    Absolutely disgusting. If justice isn’t carried out…I suspect some people will take it into their own hands!

  16. 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.

  17. If you having nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear. Now drop trou, bend over, spread ’em and cough.

  18. The individuals who committed this assault are rapists. They should be charged with sexual assault and go on the sexual predator watch list.
    Obviously, people need to stay out of or move away from Texas and New Mexico, where government sanctioned rape is standard procedure and law enforcement is staffed with rapists intent on victimizing our famalies.

  19. I would simply sue the doctors/nurses/hospital for malpractice and be sure to file complaints with the medical board. That would stop these people pretty fast.

  20. if the police wanted the results they should pay for it…

    To me it looks like the Hospital and Police have got some kick back in place given the fact the doctors broke the law without consent of the person…

  21. An authority needs to be established that is protected by its local government. THEN, these oathbrakes, LEO's, judges, doctors, and anyone else complicit in this and all other such acts. Should be indicted, tried (in absentia if needed) and punished, if possible. They should be databased as undesirable and unemployable in public service of any kind!
    This process established in law, must then be used to insure that they are REMOVED from public service and prevented from employment in public service FOR LIFE!

  22. Thanks , I’ve just been looking for info approximately this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far.

    But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure in regards to the supply?

  23. Great job! who do wrong will gets catch. so, never try do drugs hidden in car or anywhere its always bad. Thanks for info alpha-gpc

  24. This is a awesome story.

  25. It’s so terrible 🙁 I thought something like this only happens in movie

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