Shame (Tales from the Drug War)
The whole article should be read (and the video watched) and should evoke a sickening outrage (at least if one thinks that individual human rights matter). The summary of events goes like this: man fails to adequately stop at a stop sign and is pulled over. When asked to step out of his vehicle, the man “appeared to be clenching his buttocks” and therefore “Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity.” This led to deployment of drug dogs who reacted to the car’s seat. According to a lawsuit filed by the man in question, the result of this suspicion led to two x-rays, 3 enemas (in which the man was made to defecate in front of doctors and police), and a colonoscopy. And to add insult to injury, the man is being charged for the procedures.
Even if one is inclined to assert that the details of the lawsuit have not been established in a court of law, we do know that a search warrant was sought for the search and medical records do show that a colonoscopy was performed. (And we know that the warrant expired at 10pm, but the colonoscopy was performed at 1am—and the search warrant was issued in one county, but executed in a different county after law enforcement shopped for a doctor who would perform the procedures).
So, let that sink in: because a person failed to properly stop at a stop sign, and because a sheriff’s deputy thought that the individual was clenching his buttocks (and therefore might be hiding drugs), an individual was detained for 14 hours and subjected to treatment that belongs in a novel about a dystopian, totalitarian state, not a country that is supposedly proud of its democratic heritage.
This is disgraceful and underscores the way in which the war on drugs goes array.