Deming, New Mexico, police pulled over David Eckert, 64, January 2, 2013, for running a stop sign. What should have been a routine traffic citation for Eckert turned Kafkaesque when Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing dog Leo signaled he had drugs.
This isn’t the first time Leo, whose certification allegedly expired in April 2011, has barked up the wrong tree. In October 2012, police stopped Timothy Young for a turn signal violation. Leo alerted Sheriff’s deputies that Young had drugs, but a search of his vehicle and person failed to turn up any.
When police didn’t find any drugs in Eckert’s vehicle, they got a search warrant from a judge authorizing a probe “up to and including [Eckert’s] anal cavity.” They took him to Gila Regional Medical Center where he underwent three enemas, two digital anal probes, two X-ray scans, and a colonoscopy with anesthesia. The warrant’s limits allegedly were exceeded by the colonoscopy.
Not only was the colonoscopy performed without Eckert’s consent, but he also was billed $6,000 by the medical center for the procedure. Eckert refused to pay the bill.
In December 2013 a quiet settlement was reached with Eckert. Deming gave the scrap metal tradesman $950,000 and Hidalgo County forked over another $650,000.
New Mexico Police Force Man to undergo Colonoscopy – Conclusion
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