It happened again: Police forced a second man to have invasive procedure
The local news channel that reported the horrifying story of a New Mexico man who was forced to undergo eight different medical procedures as part of a random police search now says it happened more than once.
KOB-TV 4 is now reporting a second incident where New Mexico cops did the same thing to a random driver who committed a minor traffic violation.
In October of last year, Timothy Young was pulled over for failing to signal a turn. After a drug-sniffing dog indicated that Young might be carrying drugs, police obtained a warrant and took him to Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City. There, doctors administered anal exams, including enemas, X-rays and a colonoscopy.
Young suffered through a similar ordeal as David Eckert, who was pulled over by police in January and taken to Gila Regional against his will using an expired, invalid warrant. (RELATED: Horror: Police force man to undergo invasive anal operation)
There is no indication that the same officers were involved in both cases. What is clear, however, is that the same drug-sniffing dog was used both times.
The dog’s name is Leo, and according to KOB-TV 4, he is no longer licensed by the state of New Mexico to assist police in drug searches. Drug-sniffing dogs must be re-certified each year; Leo’s license expired in April of 2012, months before the Young and Eckert incidents.
“We have done public requests to find anything that would show this dog has been trained, we have evidence that this dog has had false alerts in the past,” said Shannon Kennedy, Eckert’s attorney, in a statement.
Eckert is suing the police department and hospital that abused him, and independent oversight boards are reviewing both agencies.