If you’re in need of a colonoscopy or rectal exam, there are some different ways to go about receiving those procedures. You could either do what most people do and call the doctor to schedule the exam. Or you could do what a couple New Mexico men did and commit a miniscule traffic code violation. You know, like rolling slowly through a stop sign or failing to put your turn signal on.
We’ve already reported on David Eckert who received a full colorectal exam, including abdominal x-rays, three enemas and a colonoscopy, and all he had to do to receive all of that was fail to come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign.
Apparently, there was another man who got a very similar treatment, and all he had to do was forget to turn his blinker on when making a turn. KOB4 reported:
Police reports state deputies stopped Timothy Young because he turned without putting his blinker on. Again, Leo the K-9 alerts on Young’s seat. Young is taken to the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, and just like Eckert, he’s subjected to medical procedures including x-rays of his stomach and an anal exam. Again, police found nothing, and again the procedures were done without consent, and in a county not covered by the search warrant.
How original. They named the police dog “Leo.” Law Enforcement Officer. Get it? KOB4 reported on more about this dog Leo, and about why he might be making false alerts:
We’ve learned more about that drug dog, Leo, that seems to get it wrong pretty often. He might be getting it wrong because he’s not even certified in New Mexico.
If you take a look at the dog’s certification, the dog did get trained. But his certification to be a drug dog expired in April 2011. K-9s need yearly re-certification courses, and Leo is falling behind. “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,” Eckert’s attorney Shannon Kennedy said.
This isn’t the dog’s fault. He’s just an animal doing ostensibly what he’s trained to do. Bomb-sniffing dogs and drug dogs can be very helpful in locating explosives and narcotics.
But in the end, they’re still dogs, and they will do dog things. They like to sniff people as a way to get to know them. We all have unique scents that dogs pick up on. So it shouldn’t be surprising that so many false positives result from dogs’ “alerts.”
This isn’t about the dog. This is about taking something as routine and mundane as rolling through a stop sign and extrapolating that the “suspicious” driver might be hiding drugs inside his body. What’s to stop them from just pulling anybody over and conducting these ridiculous and invasive procedures? Actually, they’re already doing that.
I think what concerns me the most is that they’re finally going to find someone who happened to have an ounce of marijuana stuffed in his rectum. And it would be the same story as Eckert and Young. Maybe he “failed to maintain his lane.” So, they pull him over, their drug dog “alerts” that the driver might be hiding something, they take him to the hospital and subject him to invasive rectal searches, and they find that ounce of marijuana. Then, people’s criticism of these asinine (pardon the pun) measures would soon abate. The police would feel exonerated. They’d say, “See? This is why we have to do these things. If we hadn’t pulled this law-breaker over for not driving perfectly in his lane; if we hadn’t felt suspicious of this driver; if the dog hadn’t alerted, we wouldn’t have found all these drugs that he was hiding. We wouldn’t have been able to get this druggie dope head off the streets!”
Is the war on drugs worth fighting when every law-abiding citizen is fair game for a police-mandated colonoscopy? I don’t care if they find some guy with a pound of coke in his large intestine. Would that be enough for you to consent to putting a police checkpoint at every major intersection where they might force cavity searches on unsuspecting drivers to find that one-in-a-million citizen who happened to have drugs? Is our “security” that worth it to us? Is fighting the unwinnable and increasingly failed “war on drugs” that worth it to us?