Saturday, November 9, 2013

3rd target of body cavity searches comes forward in New Mexico((VIDEO))

A third case of a forced body cavity search has been uncovered by a New Mexico television station, which earlier reported on two men who  forcibly were administered X-ray tests and anal exams after a police drug dog incorrectly alerted on them.

Now, KOB-TV in Albuquerque is reporting a case involving a woman.

The station said Laura Schaur Ives of the New Mexico chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is representing the woman, who doesn’t want to be identified publicly.

Ives said the woman considers herself a victim of sexual assault after she was attacked as she crossed the border from Juarez, Mexico, to El Paso.

The station reported a dog alerted to the woman, who said federal agents stripped searched her at the facility, asked her to undress, to spread her genitalia and to cough. Female agents also allegedly pressed their fingers into her vagina looking for drugs.

Nothing was found, according to the report, so the woman said she was taken to the University Medical Center of El Paso.

“First, medical staff observed her making a bowel movement and no drugs were found at that point,” Schaur Ives told the station. “They then took an X-ray, but it did not reveal any contraband. They then did a cavity search and they probed her vagina and her anus, they described in the medical records as bi-manual – two handed. Finally, they did a cat scan. Again, they found nothing.”

Ives said there was no warrant for the search, nor did the woman consent.

KOB-TV said Customs and Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier responded with a statement.

“CBP cannot verify information relative to these ACLU allegations since we have not seen a copy of the report, nor have we been provided necessary details in order to investigate. CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off-duty.”

WND reported the other cases of two men who were targeted after minor traffic offenses in separate incidences.

State deputies stopped Timothy Young Oct. 13, 2012, “because he turned without putting his blinker on.”

Leo, a police dog, alerted on Young, and he was taken to the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, N.M., and was subjected to medical procedures, including X-rays of his stomach and an anal exam, the TV station said.

No drugs were found.

The TV report said the procedures were done “without consent” and in a county “not covered by the search warrant.”

The station also reported the drug-sniffing dog’s certification expired in 2011.

The report said doctors and law enforcement officials both now are the subjects of formal licensing complaints, and civil actions are being pursued.