.... You may recall that Eckert filed a federal case against the Hidalgo
County Sheriff’s Office, police officers with the City of Deming and
medical professionals at the Gila Regional Medical Center. Eckert was
stopped on a minor traffic violation and accused by an officer of
holding his buttocks. What followed was a nightmare where officers and
doctors subjected Eckert to outrageous abuse as they searched for drugs
or contraband in his body. Before the police released him after finding
no drugs, he would endure five manual penetrations; three forced
defecations before witnesses; and an intrusive surgery under sedation.
All of this was done without consent and without any basis other than an
officer saying he looked like he was clenching his buttocks. ...
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