Man searched via enemas settles for $1.6 million

A man forced by New Mexico police to undergo three enemas during a drug search has settled with local authorities for $1.6 million, CNN reports.

Motorist David Eckert, 54, filed a federal lawsuit in November against police after enduring a “14-hour-long humiliating and invasive police goose chase for illegal drugs.”

Eckert said he was pulled over by Deming, N.M., police in January 2013 after pulling out of a shopping plaza parking lot.

Police ordered him out of his car and said he appeared to be “clenching his buttocks.” A police dog allegedly indicated the scent of drugs on the car seat.

Eckert was arrested in a Wal-Mart parking lot and taken to jail. A Hidalgo County judge signed a search warrant that included an “anal cavity” search.

Police took Eckert to a Hidalgo County hospital to be searched, but the local hospital refused. Police then took Eckert to another county, where, against his will, he was subjected to multiple examinations, including three separate enemas and being forced to “defecate in front of doctors and police” on numerous occasions.

A colonoscopy was also performed.

No drugs were found. Weeks later, the hospital billed Eckert $4,539.

Eckert’s lawsuit alleged he was denied the opportunity to call his attorney; that the search warrant had expired by the time the doctors were examining him; that the procedures were carried out in a different county where the warrant wasn’t valid; and that police mocked him during the procedures and intentionally pulled back his privacy curtain while he was exposed, reports the Los Angeles Times.

A lawsuit against hospital officials and the Hidalgo County assistant district attorney has not been resolved.

“I feel grateful to live in the United States,” Eckert said in a statement. “Bad things happen, but in America there is a way to get justice.”

His attorney, Joe Kennedy, said, “He expects that it won’t happen to anyone else ever again.”

Deming, about 240 miles south of Albuquerque, sounds like a good place to avoid.

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The Geezer

January 17th, 2014
11:01 am

Hope he gets every penny and the police officers are arrested and convicted for their behavior.

Their sentence should be to receive three enemas a day throughout their incarceration since they are the ones that appear to be anal.


January 17th, 2014
12:13 pm

New Mexico was not admitted to the United States until 1912. Maybe they are still reading the Constitution (1787) and Bill of Rights (1789). Article IV (’The right of the people to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, ……’). Mr. Eckert was certainly due the $1.6 million. Also, any physician participating in this travesty of torture should have his/her license removed and not be allowed to practice in any state in the United States. The Hippocratic Oath was violated. Who is going to prison for this assault?

Hidden agenda

January 17th, 2014
12:18 pm

Thank you George for putting an important story as your lead today. The police state tactics we are reading about virtually every day are a true threat to everyone reading this and I look forward to the discussion that will ensue.

Not only are the people of this town forced to live with the scum police that committed this atrocity, they now will be on the hook for this payment. Meanwhile, none of the police involved have been charged with a crime, fired, or will be held financially accountable for the violations and assaults they committed against this man.

This is just another in a nearly daily occurrence of totalitarian abusive assaults by police on innocent citizens all over this country. Just yesterday 2 brutal killers with badges were acquitted by a Fullerton, California jury for the brutal murder of an unarmed, mentally-deficient man who was not combative and attempted to comply with their commands. Apparently in good old Orange County California a badge means a license to kill according to their ignorant juries. Sadly this is the outcome of most of the brutal attacks that go on.

And for those who have never heard of all of these beatings, killings, assaults, rapes, etc. that are being committed by police officers then I suggest you turn off your TVs and other mainstream media vehicles and start looking on the internet because I have no problem in finding these stories reported by local papers and even local TV stations in the area of the crimes.

“To protect and serve” clearly has nothing to do with today’s police.


January 17th, 2014
1:46 pm

“Mr. Eckert was known to insert drugs into his anal cavity and had been caught in Hidalgo County with drugs in his anal cavity…”

Not defending the actions of the cops, they went way overboard and probably should be disciplined. But keep things in some perspective, click the CNN link and read the full story. The guy had multiple prior drug arrests including the use of the same…ahem…hidey hole. Hopefully he’ll use his newfound $1.6 million to turn his life around and not to buy more drugs.

On My Way

January 17th, 2014
2:55 pm

All those enemas my parents gave me when I was a sick child….I deserve $millions too!


January 17th, 2014
3:20 pm

This is FREEDOM in America in 2014……Uh…..huh


January 17th, 2014
10:17 pm

If we could get all the conservatives douched,and change their politics the world would be a better place.


January 17th, 2014
11:35 pm

Anyone apologizing for the actions of the police and the doctors here should have to undergo the same type of treatment.
I agree that the militarization of our police is a problem that needs to be confronted. Community policing is the answer; these are your people, know them, assist them, don’t abuse them. Much like the story of the police in Lilburn recently, this is what we need, humans in uniforms, not judge and jury.

Jim C

January 18th, 2014
6:45 am

One more reason the end the pointless War on Drugs.

William Smith

January 18th, 2014
9:58 am

I have had to clinch my buttocks before with a bad case of diarrhea. If I had been pulled over and let loose on the officer what would be the charge? ASSault of a police officer.


January 18th, 2014
10:37 am

William Smith – these days they probably would have simply killed you because they “felt a direct threat upon their life and safety” – the new excuse of the badged killers.


January 18th, 2014
11:00 am

Those who mock and hate the police have a criminal history. Your problem with law enforcement makes your opinions of them totally invalid. If the criminal excrement bothered to read the article, this idiot has a history of hiding drugs in his anal cavity. Yet a buch of moronic posters support this as being cruel tactics. This man won’t see a dime of that money. Criminals always stick up for each other. Hypocrites and liars will deny all they want but facts are Truth.


January 18th, 2014
1:29 pm

No need for viagra/cialis just pin on a badge.

Whirled Peas

January 19th, 2014
8:00 am

Is this really any worse than what goes on in Gwinnett county now where cops will forcibly tie you down, get out a big needle and forcibly take blood from your arm just because you refuse to surrender your right to unreasonable search and seizure? Gwinnett needs to be sued.

@ whirled peas

January 19th, 2014
9:40 am

Good luck with that lawsuit of yours, several deadbeat crimals have already tried and lost. Maybe you should just clean your life up, not commit crimes, and the horrible police will leave you alone. Wow, I feel sorry for the police – just look at all the lowest common denominators that feel entitled to rights they never had. Disgusting that good people have to live amongst you.


January 19th, 2014
10:21 am

At Least in this Case the Jack BOOTED POLICE, did not use a BROOM HANDLE like the NYPD does for those whom they suspect.

I Fear America’s POLICEMEN and WOMEN far more, than what I Fear the harm Bin Laden and Al Qaeda could ever bring into MY Life.

My Terrorist’s wear Blue uniforms with badges, carry guns with extra clips ,tasers, Clubs, mace, handcuffs and arrive in Cars. They are also the Most Fearful Americans among us as well.

When is America going to do something about these uniformed Terrorist who are increasingly and Abusing their Police Powers every Year?

Whirled Peas

January 19th, 2014
12:33 pm


You would feel right at home in 1930’s Germany where the Gestapo would be looking to take good care of you.

I can’t believe I am actually agreeing with Bernie31. What is the world coming to.


January 19th, 2014
1:58 pm

I’m shocked at my agreement with Bernie31 too. How he can understand the problem of putting this much power in the hands of such a small minority of folks like the police but can’t understand the same principle when applied to every other government program, agency, elected official, etc. is beyond me, but I will take what I can get on this issue.


January 19th, 2014
6:12 pm

What a bunch of paranoid freaks we have posting. Why don’t you morons join the occupy scumbags that live in the gutter. Every one of you that hate law enforcement get exactly what you deserve when the NSA turns over info on you. Karma is served up in your next enema.


January 19th, 2014
8:50 pm

I Fear America’s POLICEMEN and WOMEN like I Fear the harm Bin Laden and Al Qaeda brought into MY Life since MY Lord OBAMA became dictator.
My Terrorist’s wear Blue uniforms with badges, carry guns with extra clips ,tasers, Clubs, mace, handcuffs and arrive in Cars, ALL that hace Increased since My Lord OBAMA became dictator.

When is America going to do something about these uniformed Terrorist who are increasingly and Abusing their Police Powers every Year? The NSA is LQQKING at us and My Lord OBAMA is behinf it ALL.


January 20th, 2014
9:23 am

I don’t think our Founding Fathers intended for the government to have this kind of power.


January 20th, 2014
10:27 am

“I don’t think our Founding Fathers intended for the government to have this kind of power.”

They also didn’t intend for so many of our citizens to abuse their freedoms and break laws as if they did not matter. Our Founding Fathers would be mortified if they saw how quickly so few have damaged this country in so little time.

Since the police are so harsh, lets just get rid of them entirely. What happens then is our troops will take over and military enforcement will rule with an iron first. You idiots be careful what you ask for, because you will get much worse than what you see happening now. You cannot be part of the solution if you are part of the problem.


January 20th, 2014
11:59 am

Bernie31 – @ 8:50 – Do You NOT have Words of your OWN to match your own Name and IGNORANCE…FRAUDSTER?


Hidden agenda

January 20th, 2014
2:00 pm

Karma – When our country was founded there were no laws against drugs. Hemp (the same plant as marijuana), was grown widely throughout the colonies and by many of our first presidents. As recently as the beginning of the 20th century, morphine, cocaine, heroin, and other drugs were legally sold in pharmacies all over this country and cannabis extracts were a major component of many over the counter remedies including those for children. Then the government that was supposed to protect our freedoms, set out to destroy them. They passed law after law to protect the growing pharmaceutical industry from competition, line the pockets of the police, court, and jail systems, and create a black market that the CIA and other government agencies could exploit for “off the books” revenue sources.

I am not sure which “freedoms” you are speaking of folks abusing, but the freedom to own your own body and do with it what you will so long as you are not violating the rights of another is a natural right that governments are supposed to protect. The fact that government has chosen to violate those rights is the problem, not that some folks refuse to obey those dictates.

I think you have your information about the founding fathers a bit backward. They would find illegal searches (especially of a man’s rectum) completely unacceptable.

Hidden agenda

January 20th, 2014
2:03 pm

And also Karma, the last time I checked there were far more alternatives to an out of control police state and police brutality than having the military patrol the streets (but maybe in your head that is the only alternative). A free market in security protection that answers to real customers rather than the government is at least one far superior alternative that has been explored by numerous authors and economists.


January 21st, 2014
12:34 pm

I should be appalled at the people here defending the actions of these cops, but I’m not. After all, there are people out here who believe that the cops are never wrong in their actions. Let’s see you folks have something like this happen to you and then get back with me on how you feel.


January 21st, 2014
5:07 pm

Those cops need their a$$ kicked!


January 21st, 2014
5:57 pm

Far too much deference is given to police. Cops are just the enforcement arm of the people we constantly complain about in the legislature and the government. Why should we expect them to be any better? They blindly obey and enforce laws that violate our natural rights and our freedoms without question. Where there might once have been a time where common sense and judgement were used, not police are militarized, armed to the teeth, equipped with toys and cars paid for through civil asset forfeiture (the worst legal abuse of the failed war on drugs) and brainwashed to believe that anything that makes them feel uncomfortable is a valid excuse for violence and abuse of power.

Yes America, this IS what a police state looks like.

@ BK37

January 22nd, 2014
10:45 am

“Let’s see you folks have something like this happen to you and then get back with me on how you feel.”

Law abiding citizens that live a non-criminal lifestyle will never have to “get back” with you because it won’t happen to them.