Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The drug war works its way into your pants

The drug war works its way into your pants

You may have read about the recent cases in New Mexico in which routine traffic stops degenerated into cavity searches, forced enemas, and even an involuntary colonoscopy. The man who was subjected to the latter (he got the other stuff, too) recently settled with Hidalgo County and the city of Deming for $1.6 million. That money will come from taxpayers and insurance, of course, not from the deputies who put him through it. (Police officials still insist the deputies did nothing wrong.)

Hidalgo county is now fighting two other lawsuits by people who say they were subjected to unlawful cavity searches. Another woman is suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a cavity search agents performed on her, also in New Mexico. And today the A.P. is reporting on yet another lawsuit related to cavity searches, again in Hidalgo County. And there may be more on the way