More Heinous Tales from the Drug War
Via CBS La Vegas: Lawsuit: Woman Faced Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement
Federal agents wrongfully strip-searched a New Mexico woman at the El Paso border crossing, then took her to a hospital where she was forced to undergo illegal body cavity probes in an attempt to find drugs, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.
Agents quickly stripped searched her and did cavity searches but found no evidence of drugs, court documents said. But the woman was transported in handcuffs to the University Medical Center of El Paso, the lawsuit said, where doctors subjected her to an observed bowel movement, a CT scan and other exams without a warrant.
“After enduring approximately six hours of demeaning and highly invasive searches, (the woman) was released without any charge,” the lawsuit said.
However, her attorney said she was charged $5,000 by the hospital.
We have truly lost our collective minds on the issue of drugs (or, as is often noted, some drugs).
This goes along with a similar story that I noted recently: Shame (Tales from the Drug War).