Saturday, November 09, 2013

The militarization of the police...

...turns the police into an army of occupation.

At a time when over 4 million people have had their health insurance canceled, it’s good to know that some Americans can still access prompt medical treatment, even if they don’t want it. David Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming, N.M., for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign in the Walmart parking lot. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, and waited on the sidewalk. Officers decided that they didn’t like the tight clench of his buttocks, a subject on which New Mexico’s constabulary is apparently expert, and determined that it was because he had illegal drugs secreted therein. So they arrested him, and took him to Gila Regional Medical Center in neighboring Hidalgo County, where Mr. Eckert was forced to undergo two abdominal X-rays, two rectal probes, three enemas, and defecate thrice in front of medical staff and representatives of two law-enforcement agencies, before being sedated and subjected to a colonoscopy — all procedures performed against his will and without a valid warrant.

The hospital sent Mr. Eckert a bill for $6,000 for services.

I'm tenpted to suggest that that violates the Third Amendment - the one pertaining to where soldiers cannot be "quartered."

1 comment:

John Kasaian said...

An "Us verses "THEM" mentality?

There are too many of these stories not to ignore.

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