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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
At what point in the history of the United States did the will of the majority become a choice for the Federal Government? When did the rights as citizens of this country become tangible objects that could be molded to suit the motives of whoever is in control? These are questions that every American needs to be asking themselves with every breach of the constitution that gets deftly swept under the rug. Every moment in this country someone’s rights are abused by the very men meant to protect them. Within human nature there has always been an inherent potential for evil and greed. This is known to us all, and is exactly why the law of the land is set in place to provide safety, or at least the illusion of safety. The only possible fault in this structure lies in the actions of those charged with upholding such protections. When those we look to for retribution fail to act, or are the perpetrators themselves, every delusion of safety is lost and the reality behind their inaction becomes painfully clear.
There are many documented events of government officials committing dramatic violations to the rights and protection that every American is entitled to. All one must do is search those very words, “Violation of rights” and scroll through the many choices. In every instance, these violations are unacceptable, no matter what the
circumstances. It has always been the mantra of the United States to uphold a higher standard; to maintain the rights and freedom of every citizen regardless of the actions they have taken. However, it is human to error, and that is accepted if not understood. The real issue lies with the inaction of the government; their failure to step in and rectify the wrong doing; to hold those responsible for the unlawful action accountable for their wrong doing. One such violation will hopefully open the eyes of those yet to see the present state of things.
David Eckert, a man from Lordsburg, New Mexico, was subjected to a grievous violation of his 4th Amendment rights. After being pulled over for running a stop sign (an offense that all have been guilty of at some point) the police officers decided to search his car and person. After nothing was found, the officers came to the conclusion that Eckert was clenching his buttocks, which they decided meant he was hiding drugs. This amazingly granted them a warrant from Luna County to conduct a further search. With no reasonable cause they took him to Mimbres Memorial Hospital prompting an anal cavity search. Mimbres Memorial refused, stating that such a search was “unethical” according to the court documents. Officers then took Eckert to Gila Regional Medical Center in a neighboring Grant County where no such ethical dilemmas were risen. What followed next, reports Chris Ramirez of KOB, can in no way be justified within the law.
1. Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.
2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
This was already a search going way beyond reasonable cause. That being said, this is where the unlawful search should have ended. Unfortunately, it went much further.
4. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
5. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
6. Doctors penetrated Eckert’s anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert’s anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.
At every step Eckert protested the procedures, never giving consent. The entirety of his torment lasted 14 hours. He later received a bill for his medical nightmare and was told that if he did not pay in full that he would be sent to collections.
The extent of the search was taken to an extreme in a case that was based on a guess not reasonable cause. How that warrant was issued to begin with in a question that needs to be answered. More important than the lack of evidence and a haphazardly issued warrant, is the fact that the warrant was only issued for a further search within Luna County. When those at Mimbres Memorial Hospital allowed their moral compass to dictate their actions and not the pressure of unlawful police, the officers took their search to Gila Regional Medical Center which is located in Grant County. This means the entirety of Eckerts torment was conducted outside the law. The warrant was not valid in Grant County.
Seeing such atrocities within a system Americans trust to protect their families is not only disheartening but just plain terrifying. Why have these police officers not been charged or at the very least released from duty? What actions have the Federal Government taken to amend this man’s complete loss of human rights? The answer is none. This War on Drugs rages on despite the vast majority calling for its end, and it is allowing this type of scare tactics that somehow supersede the Constitution and its protections. This overreaching authority begins to find its way into the daily life of unsuspecting innocent civilians. With every moment the people of this country stand by and allow such actions to go uncontested, a small piece of the United States is lost. The power that mandates such invasions is only justified if those who have the ability to change it, do nothing.