I always thought that DWB (Driving While Black) was dangerous, having experienced that myself several times. However, nothing I’ve been subjected to comes remotely close to what Timothy Young and David Eckert went through after traffic stops in Deming, New Mexico.
Mr. Eckert was stopped for allegedly not making a complete stop at a stop sign on January 2, 2013. Once stopped, the officer thought Eckert was clenching his buttocks. They took that as probable cause that he was smuggling narcotics and that began what had to be the worst nightmare anybody could think of from a simple traffic stop. After detaining him, the police department obtained a search warrant from a judge that permitted an anal cavity search.
KOB4 Eyewitness News describes the different searches he underwent while in custody:
A review of Eckert’s medical records, which he released to KOB, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:
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.
Suffice to say, if he had any inkling that he may have colon cancer, he would have definitely found out that day. Not to forget to mention this, but at no time did he give consent to the doctors to perform any of those procedures on him. Reading further into the KOB4 story, there may end up being legal issues with the warrant itself. That has to add fire to the humiliation that guy’s already suffered.
If you think that this was a one time ordeal, then think again or better yet, ask Timothy Young.
Who is Mr. Young you ask, well he was pulled over on October 13, 2012 by the same police department for allegedly turning without signaling. After a K9 alerted for drugs, he ended up getting the business at the same hospital as Mr. Eckert. Both gentlemen have filed suit against the police departments involved as well as the doctors and hospital.
After hearing about this, I’m gonna chill out about DWB. At least the police departments are not giving us the business like that, at least, not at the present time. I’ll leave a sticky note on my dashboard to remember to not clench up my butt cheeks if I’m stopped by the cops. Even if I’m trying to stop from taking a dump in my pants, I’ll just chalk those garments up as a loss that day.
- 4 On Your Side reveals another traffic stop nightmare (KOB.com)
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- Unless You Like Traffic Stops With Cartman-Style Anal Probes, Do Not Roll Through Stop Signs In New Mexico (wonkette.com)
- Don’t Appear to Be Clenching Your Buttocks When Pulled Over For Not Coming to a Complete Stop at Stop Sign or Be Tortured by Doctors: America, This is Your War on Drugs (reason.com)
- Another New Mexico man forced to undergo humiliating medical procedures in drug investigation (rawstory.com)
- True Nightmare Begins After New Mexico Man Gets Pulled Over for Not Using Blinker – Why This Story Sounds Really Familiar (theblaze.com)
- This Dog Can Authorize Anal Probes (reason.com)