Man Fails to Make Complete Stop at Stop Sign, Is Anally Searched 8 ...

If you're pulled over for failing to come to a full stop at a stop sign, this could happen.

A lawsuit alleges that David Eckert was forced to go through invasive and repeated searches of his anus by police and doctors.

A New Mexico man has filed a federal lawsuit over a traffic stop gone horribly wrong. The New Mexico-based news outlet KOB 4 investigates the story of David Eckert, who was forced to go through invasive and repeated searches of his anus by police and doctors, despite the fact that he had no drugs on him.

The nightmare began on January 2, 2013. New Mexico resident Eckert was driving out of a WalMart parking lot when he didn’t make a complete stop at a stop sign, and was pulled over. Law enforcement thought he was “clenching his buttocks,” and obtained a search warrant from a judge to search his anus for narcotics.

Police from Deming, New Mexico took Eckert to an emergency room to undergo the anal cavity search, but a doctor refused to perform it because it was “unethical,” according to the lawsuit.  But a few hours later, doctors agreed to perform the search.

It wasn’t only one search. An x-ray of Eckert found no narcotics. Doctors performed a search of his anus with their fingers. Again, nothing was found. On three separate occasions, doctors inserted an “enema”--a device used to induce bowel movements--into Eckert, and he was forced to defecate. They x-rayed him again. Nothing was ever found.

Finally, and without the consent of Eckert, he was sedated and a colonoscopy was performed on him. No drugs were ever found throughout the invasive procedures. [emphasis mine]

I hope Eckert gets a six figure settlement.

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I agree, "I hope Eckert gets a six figure settlement."
and a change in the militarizing of our law enforcement officers.

Completely, utterly, inarguably LUDICROUS!  I hope Eckert takes them for their eye-teeth!

My jaw is on the floor and I'm speechless. 

From the article:

4 On Your Side Investigative Reporter Chris Ramirez cornered Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante.  

"As the police chief what reassurances could you give people when they come through your town that they won't be violated or abused by your police officers?" Ramirez asked Chief Gigante.

"We follow the law in every aspect and we follow policies and protocols that we have in place," Chief Gigante replied.

"Do you think those officers in this particular case did that?" Ramirez asked.

Gigante didn't answer, instead he referred Ramirez to his attorney.


Absolutely indefensible behavior by both law enforcement officers and the medical personnel involved. 

Eckert needs more than a 6 figure settlement. So, the police officers thought that he was "clenching his buttocks." Did it ever occur to them that he might have to take a crap? Maybe not. What were they doing looking at his ass anyway?

Imagine now that he might appear to be giving too much attention to one of his eyes. Would the cops try to remove it to see if it was false and he might be hiding drugs in there? You know, drugs behind the eye and in the head.

A rolling stop should get you a ticket. (It's one of my pet peeves.) Truth is, cops that act like this do not deserve to be cops!

As someone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome,

Did it ever occur to them that he might have to take a crap?

really got to me. As a member of an IBS group, I'm vividly aware of how many people live with impending bowel dysfunction on a daily basis.

I was thinking similar...I saw a story about someone who got arrested for farting in the general direction of police officers. And here this person gets arrested for holding it in. So invasive. I'd rather just let people do drugs than have people anally proved at random.

That would also be a good reason for not coming to a full stop at an intersection.  He might have had a motivation for that action....  Just speculating.

If he didn't have IBS before, he might have it now, after this trauma.


About 30% of people with IBS are estimated to have non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  More may have non-gluten food allergies.

I've been looking into the research on non-classical food allergies (not the kind of food allergy everyone knows about that may cause anaphylaxis).  The research on adults almost all relates to people with IBS. 

There isn't a lab test for non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but the best diagnostic procedure would be to do what was done in a study on NCGS.  They say people with NCGS were in two separate groups - people who were sensitive only to gluten grains, and people with multiple food allergies including gluten grains. 

The people with multiple food allergies were likely to have other allergy problems as well, such as allergic rhinitis, eczema and asthma.  So if you have allergy problems and IBS, food allergies are especially likely to be causing the symptoms. 

As was done in the study, one should first get tests for celiac disease, either the blood test panel or a biopsy of the small intestine.  Celiac disease may be misdiagnosed as IBS.
They did double-blind placebo-controlled food challenges, but in practice, a food challenge usually just means eating some of the food, after the hypoallergenic elimination diet described in the study, and seeing what happens.

Also, people with IBS may be helped by a low-FODMAPS diet. FODMAPS include the fructans that you already know cause problems for you.  I'm not sure if non-classical food allergies can cause people to be more sensitive to FODMAPS - it could be that if you quit eating certain foods, you would no longer have a general sensitivity to FODMAPS. 

It's a really good idea to know if you have NCGS, because it's theorized that NCGS may be a precursor to celiac disease - so avoiding gluten could prevent getting celiac disease in the future.  Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, so if you have a family history of autoimmune problems or you have autoimmune problems yourself, you are more likely to have celiac disease. 

I have a LOT of those non-classical food allergies, but I'm not sensitive to FODMAPS in general.  I have BOTH autoimmune problems (Hashimoto's and probably celiac disease), AND allergy problems (allergic rhinitis and non-classical food allergies).

I don't think they cared whether he had IBS. They sound like sadists to me.  At the very least, they love having power over people.  That's probably why they joined the force. 

Spud, I agree; some people join law enforcement because some want power over others and police work gives a good cover.

Truly disgusting.  This sounds like legally sanctioned, medically assisted, rape.

It sounds like it mostly because That's Precisely What It IS!



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