A (then) 63 year old New Mexico man was stopped by Albuquerque police. During the stop, the police claim that the man appeared to be clenching his butt. A drug dog apparently was used on the vehicle and supposedly hit. I say supposedly because the defendant’s lawyer claims that the canine in question may just be someone’s pet. A warrant was sought and issued to search the man’s anal cavity. He was taken to a hospital where he was probed digitally twice, then x-rayed, then given three enemas, then x-rayed again. He was ultimately given a colonoscopy. No drugs were ever found. To add insult to injury, he was billed $6000 for his involuntary medical procedures.
A few questions come to mind. How could a judge issue a warrant based on butt clenching? How many anal probes is too many? I’m thinking the answer is 2. Why give the man a colonoscopy? If the drugs were that far up his colon, he wouldn’t need to clench to keep them up.
The defendant’s lawyer contends that the issue may have been racially motivated and that the Hispanic police involved didn’t like a white man living in their area.
I understand the need for qualified immunity for civil servants but IMHO, this was way beyond the pale. I hope he takes everyone involved to the cleaners.
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