When David Eckert left the Wal-Mart parking lot in Deming, NM, he apparently failed to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. What happened next is the stuff of prison-planet nightmares.
Multiple sources, including The Blaze, have reprinted Mr. Eckert’s harrowing experience, related below by his attorney and reportedly confirmed by medical records. It began when the police believed he was “clenching his buttocks” as he exited the vehicle. He was taken to a local hospital to have his rectal cavity probed. When the doctors there refused to perform the procedure, the cops took him to a hospital where they weren’t so hung up on the whole human-dignity thing. And then:
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.
It simply beggars belief that this sort of thing could happen to an American citizen for virtually no reason whatsoever. One has to wonder about the mindset of the judge who signed a search warrant for a procedure like this and the mindset of the doctors who agreed to carry the procedure out. The prospect of a nation full of police officers being trained to evaluate “clenched buttocks” also fails to instill any confidence whatsoever in our government. In effect, Mr. Eckert was treated worse than a prisoner in a maximum-security facility; they’d have given up after the enema.
The most frightening part of the entire story is the suspicion one gets that the colonscopy was, effectively, a punishment for complaining and causing trouble during the other parts of the assault. Your humble E-I-C pro tem happens to be acquainted with a fellow who, after complaining about symptoms of meningitis during a stint at a Midwestern correctional facility, was repeatedly beaten with a pair of handcuffs before being told, “If you don’t shut the f**k up, we’ll let the nurse practice her spinal tap skills on you and there’s a solid chance the bitch will paralyze your ass.” The Hippocratic oath isn’t always “top of mind” for the sort of people who rent themselves to the State.
Should Mr. Eckert be successful in his lawsuit, look for everybody involved to be “punished” with copious amounts of paid vacation time, much like the UC Davis cop who was given paid time off and disability bonus that totaled more than twice the amount paid to any of the students he assaulted. In the meantime, underemployed TTAC readers of a certain age might want to consider the fact that free colorectal scans are apparently available in New Mexico. It’s never too soon to take an active interest in these sorts of things, you know, particularly since the Affordable Care Act now protects you from being rendered uninsurable by pre-existing colon-cancer conditions. The only problem is that the procedure wasn’t actually free; according to Reddit, Mr. Eckert is being billed for the services after the fact.