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New Mexico man sues police over forced enemas, colonoscopy

A man from New Mexico is suing police for allegedly forcing him to undergo an anal cavity search, three enemas and a colonoscopy following a routine traffic stop.
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A New Mexico man is suing the city of Deming and several police officers for allegedly forcing him to undergo an anal cavity search and other invasive procedures after a routine traffic stop. (Bruno Vincent/AFP/Getty Images)

A New Mexico man is suing the city of Deming and several police officers for allegedly forcing him to undergo an anal cavity search and other invasive procedures after a routine traffic stop.

Scrap metal tradesman David Eckert claims he was also forced to undergo three enemas and a colonoscopy after officers incorrectly assumed he was carrying drugs.

Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming on Jan. 2, 2013.

Because he appeared to be clenching his buttocks, officers believed Eckert was hiding drugs in his anal cavity, according to KOB-TV.

Police got a warrant to search Eckert's anal cavity for drugs, but officers had to take him to a hospital in Gila after a local ER doctor refused to perform the procedures, calling the search "unethical," the lawsuit stated.

An X-ray taken by staff at Gila Regional Medical Center was clear, but he was still forced to undergo three enemas and ultimately a colonoscopy at 1 a.m.

No drugs were ever found.

The lawsuit accuses local police of unreasonable search and seizure and the hospital and doctors of negligence.

Deming police and city officials have declined to comment to press on the case.

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