Police Turn Routine Traffic Stops Into Cavity Searches

Timothy Young had just turned into a petrol station in the small US town of Lorsburg, New Mexico, and was about to fill up his pickup truck when several police cars pulled up behind him.

The officers from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office accused him of failing to use his indicator, and asked him whether he was using or carrying drugs.

According to a complaint filed in the federal court in New Mexico, what happened next in the October 2012 incident was nothing short of a six-hour nightmare.

Young, 31, was forced to strip from the waist down in a public carpark and then submit his body to an X-ray and anal penetration at a nearby hospital, all under the supervision of peace officers searching for contraband.

The invasive search that Young alleges he was subjected to is not an isolated incident, his lawyers say, and is part of a larger pattern of cops, eager to make drug busts, crossing the line in order to try to uncover drugs and money at all costs.

“They’re really pushing the envelope on these types of searches of people,” said Joe Kennedy, an Albuquerque lawyer who is representing Young.

Complaints about police conducting public full-body cavity and strip searches, sometimes without warrants, have popped up in Texas, Wisconsin and Kansas in recent months, alarming civil rights attorneys and advocates.

In Young’s case, the officers searched his truck with a drug dog, which alerted them that it had detected drugs in the driver’s seat. The police couldn’t find any drugs in the truck, so they ordered Young to drop his pants and underwear in the public parking lot to search him. Then, at 2am, they got a warrant for a body search at the local hospital, where Young was digitally penetrated and X-rayed, according to the complaint.

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  • STEVELBURG

    WHEN ARE THE U.S. CITIZENS GOING TO RISE UP AND STOP THIS KIND OF ABUSE !?!
    POST THE COPS NAME AND ADDRESS , AND MOSTLY THE JUDGE’S NAME AND ADDRESS.
    THEY ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER !!!