Cops sued after raping a man for running a stop sign

On January 2, David W. Eckert was stopped by police in Deming, NM for running a stop sign.

What happened next is extremely difficult to comprehend.

Deming Police Officer Robert Chavez had Eckert exit his vehicle, and patted him down. A lawsuit filed by Eckert says this was “without reasonable suspicion.” According to court documents, the officers who stopped Eckert thought he was “clenching his buttocks.”

They brought in a dog to sniff for drugs, and the dog “alerted” to the driver’s seat.

Two deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department told Chavez that Eckert was known to insert drugs into his body, a claim Eckert denies.

The Albuquerque Journal reports, “Though he was not under arrest during the January incident, Eckert was placed in handcuffs and taken to the Deming Police Department… officers obtained a warrant to search Eckert’s car and his body, including his anal cavity.”

Eckert was taken to the Mimbres Memorial Hospital, but the emergency room doctor at Mimbres Memorial Hospital in Deming refused to conduct the cavity search on ethical grounds, so he was transported an hour away to the Gila Regional Medical Center.

He was then submitted to eight invasive procedures, and protested each one insisting he was not hiding drugs.

  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.

After 15 hours and eight non-consensual procedures (six of which border on rape), Eckert was released without charge. To add insult to injury, Gila Regional Medical Center billed Eckert approximately $6,000 for the procedures that he did not want, and to which he did not consent.

Eckert has since filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Deming, three Deming police officers, Hidalgo County, three Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies, the Assistant District Attorney, Gila Regional Medical Center and two doctors at the facility.

The suit asks for non-specified actual and compensatory damages, punitive damages, “injunctive relief” to protect Eckert and his family from “ongoing harassment and intimidation of defendants,” and attorney fees and litigation expenses.

It is now up to a federal judge to determine whether or not Eckert will receive any restitution, or even an apology, for the insult and injury he received at the hands of those who swore to serve and protect.

posted by southernpatriot
  • http://vforvandyke.com/ Stephen VanDyke

    “To add insult to injury, Gila Regional Medical Center billed Eckert approximately $6,000 for the procedures that he did not want, and to which he did not consent.”

    Sounds eerily like:

    “Don’t fight it, son… confess quickly… Before they get into the expensive procedures. If you hold out too long you could jeopardise your credit rating.” – Brazil, 1987

    • martae

      I want to know how they can bill him, unless he signed a form stating that he would pay? The deputy requested the “service”, on behalf of the sheriff, so the sheriff should be billed.

  • Fun Virginian

    If he is not granted a large amount in a law suit and if please officers are not reprimanded at the VERY least, this country is quickly moving into socialism is not totalitarianism.

    • AFV

      You’re clearly an idiot who doesn’t understand what socialism is. This doesn’t happen in Denmark the most socialist country on the planet.

    • martae

      The drug war does not have anything to do with america’s economic system, which is now national socialism. It is the result of lack of respect for constitutional rights, and lack of critical thinking.
      Socialism is the reason the whole country is going broke, and the state is desperately trying to prepare for social unrest when the dollar loses it’s international reserve currency status.

  • RJ Chesnut Jr.

    If I sat on that jury, the award for the plaintiff would be HUGE. Millions.

  • AFV

    Impeach the judge who approved the warrant. He’s not human much less American.

  • martae

    I’ve a confession to make. I “insert” drugs into my body at least twice a day. I swallow medication, to control my blood sugar level. Please don’t anally rape me, officer doctor!