This is the second article in a series on how the “War on Drugs” is state-sanctioned theft, rape, murder, and class warfare. Read Part ONE, “Theft” here.
The Department of Justice defines sexual assault as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.”
If you have been following Cop Block for any length of time, you have probably come across the concept of self-ownership, the idea that you have, or should have, complete autonomy over your own person. Treating people as state property who should not be allowed to make adult decisions about what they do with their bodies, such as taking drugs or not, violates this concept. However, the Drug War also literally violates our bodies by subjecting them to invasive searches and procedures with the goal of finding and confiscating illegal drugs.
Under any other circumstances, nonconsensual groping of other people’s private parts is a vile, criminal activity, but slap a magic suit and badge on the perp, and suddenly it’s a public service. Cop apologists are morally bankrupt, unquestioning authority junkies, but it still boggles the mind that anyone, even they, can defend this loathsome practice. It’s also astounding that more people do not connect the dots between a profession that actively trains people to commit sexual assault and codifies it as an expected duty, and the high rate of sexual offenses committed by the people in that profession. Does law enforcement attract sickos inclined to commit sexual assault, or does it merely normalize it for those conditioned to commit it as a part of their ordinary activities? Both?
Pathetic dopes and mental defectives rationalize that police violating our bodies is justified by the off-chance that they might find contraband, but what is the bar here? What is the cut off for unacceptable levels of groundless sexual assault? Is it acceptable for 50% of the people law enforcement subjects to these disgusting and humiliating cavity searches to not have any illegal substances on them? Is anyone tracking how many times cops are doing this, and the outcome? Seeing how no government agency is even tracking how many people cops kill each year, it’s doubtful one is definitively tracking how many they grope, and the outcomes.
We do have some statistics courtesy of Radley Balko:
Studies and surveys at the time  showed that 80-85 percent of women similarly detained or subjected to body cavity searches turned out to be innocent. By the end of the decade, a New York Times survey of suspected drug mules subjected to x-rays or forced defecation found that in Miami, agents searched 101 people, and found drugs on 67 of them. In New York, 187 searches yielded 90 arrests. Houston was particularly inept. Agents there went 4 for 60. Nationally, the figures were about 50-50. One innocent person subjected to this sort of violation for every drug mule was apparently good enough for the drug war.
We also know that power-tripping cops are not above conducting these searches based solely on petty vindictiveness. Take for example the infamous 2013 case in New Mexico where Deming Police Officers Bobby Orosco, Robert Chavez and Officer Hernandez, and Hidalgo County Deputies David Arredondo, Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Green used rolling through a stop sign as a pretext for kidnapping 63-year-old David Eckert and taking him to a hospital, without a valid search warrant, and subjecting him to 13 hours of invasive searches, including two rectal exams, three enemas, two X-rays, and a colonoscopy. Eckert’s lawyer contended, “Maybe the officers who did this don’t like him living in their community,” said Kennedy. “He’s a white boy, a scraggly white boy, and all these officers are Hispanic. It’s a New Mexico thing.”
The lawsuit claims that Deming Police tried taking Eckert to an emergency room in Deming, but a doctor there refused to perform the anal cavity search citing it was ‘unethical.
But physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to perform the procedure and a few hours later, Eckert was admitted.
…While there, Eckert was subjected to repeated and humiliating forced medical procedures. A review of Eckert’s medical records, which he released to KOB, and details in the lawsuit show the following happened:
Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.
Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert’s anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
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.
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.
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.
Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
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.
To add further insult to injury, the hospital then sent Eckert a bill for $6,000 for their forced services and threatened to send him to collections for not paying.
Eckert received a $1.6 million settlement in January of 2014. He released a written statement at the time:
“I truly hope that no one will be treated like this ever again. I felt very helpless and alone on that night.”
He likely had a resurgence of that feeling of helplessness upon learning that the sadistic cops who subjected him to that ordeal were still being supported with his tax dollars:
New Mexico Watchdog has learned at least three police officers involved in the case are still on the job, while the status of three others remains a secret.
Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante told New Mexico Watchdog all three officers in his department who were listed as defendants in a subsequent lawsuit are on active duty. Gigante wouldn’t say why or reveal if the officers were disciplined.
Three members of the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office were also listed in the lawsuit, but county officials refused to answer any questions about their status in the aftermath of the case involving Lordsburg, N.M., resident David Eckert.”
We’ve also seen a flurry of cases over the last year, cases we’ve only learned about through the lawsuits innocent taxpayers are paying as a result of sicko cops getting their demented jollies.
- Charnesia Corley, a 21-year-old African American was subjected to a forced vaginal search in the parking lot of a Texas gas station on June 21, 2015 because a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy claimed he smelled marijuana. When he didn’t find any in her car, the deputy “called in a female deputy to conduct a cavity search. When the female deputy arrived, she told Corley to pull her pants down, but Corley protested because she was cuffed and had no underwear on. The deputy ordered Corley to bend over, pulled down her pants and began to search her. Then, according to Cammack, Corley stood up and protested, so the deputy threw her to the ground and restrained her while another female was called in to assist. When backup arrived, each deputy held one of Corley’s legs apart to conduct the probe.”
- On Oct. 2, 2014 “Lakeya Hicks and Elijah Pontoon were in Hicks’s car just a couple of blocks from downtown Aiken [SC] when they were pulled over by Officer Chris Medlin of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Hicks was driving. She had recently purchased the car, so it still had temporary tags. In the video, Medlin asks Hicks to get out, then tells her that he stopped her because of the “paper tag” on her car. This already is a problem. There’s no law against temporary tags in South Carolina, so long as they haven’t expired.”Rather than letting them go when the tags check out, Medlin orders both occupants out of the car, searches it, and when he finds nothing, tells a female officer to Hicks “real good.” “The personal search of Hicks is conducted off camera, but according to the complaint filed by Phillips, it allegedly involved exposing Hicks’s breasts on the side of the road in a populated area. The complaint also alleges that this was all done in direct view of the three male officers. That search, too, produced no contraband.Medlin and another officer then proceed to conduct a roadside anal probe on Pontoon, who protested that the object they are pressing on was actually a hemorrhoid. “With no contraband and no traffic violation to justify the stop in the first place, Medlin concluded the stop by giving Hicks a ‘courtesy warning, although according to the complaint, there’s no indication of what the warning was actually for. Perhaps it was to warn to steer clear of police officers in Aiken.” Video of the incident is below.
In 2013, Kimberlee Carbone of Pennsylvania allegedly didn’t use her turn signal and found herself “arrested for driving under the influence without having a sobriety test administered, and the officers conducted a pat down and search of the vehicle that found nothing.
According to the lawsuit, once at the Lawrence County Correctional Center, Carbone was strip-searched and forced to “bend over, spread her buttocks, and cough” before two corrections officers made the claim that they saw a plastic bag protruding from her vagina. Carbone was then instructed to “prod her personal areas by inserting her fingers into her vagina,” bend over, spread her buttocks, and cough again as she was “crying hysterically,” the lawsuit states. No drugs were found at the jail so the officers sent Carbone to Jameson Hospital for “an internal examination of her body cavities… for a possible overdose, rectal packing and/or oral intake of a controlled substance.”
In all of these cases, no illegal drugs were found. Of course that only matters if you are the kind of emotionally-stunted dolt who believes that shoving your hands into someone’s vagina or anus is a lesser evil than respecting their individual autonomy about whether or not to ingest substances deemed off-limits by DC bureaucrats.
Ordinarily victims have the right to defend themselves against an assault, but when cops are the assailants, you just have to take it and then file a report (and lawsuit) later, or risk arrest and death on top of the indignity you’ve already suffered. If rape culture exists, there is no higher expression of it than police culture.
PART THREE: The Drug War is State-Sanctioned Murder coming Monday morning.