Glenn Beck on Wednesday could barely contain his outrage over a story out of New Mexico, where a simple traffic stop ended in a twelve-hour ordeal that included multiple anal cavity searches.
"I have to tell you, if this happened to me ... I would go crazy," Beck said. "I would sue the pants off them ... I would leave them with nothing. And I would want justice."
Beck spoke with the lawyers of the New Mexico man, David Eckert, on his radio show Wednesday for more on the story.
Joseph and Shannon Kennedy of the Kennedy Law Firm said their client was leaving the Walmart in Deming, N.M., when he was stopped by police (reports indicate it was for failing to stop completely at a stop sign).
The attorneys said that a drug dog seemed to detect something in the car, so the police obtained a warrant that would authorize an anal cavity search. But they now say they have discovered that the drug dog is not even certified in New Mexico.
"Based on the search warrant, they take him to a facility in Deming ... [an] Urgent Care facility," Kennedy continued. "And the doctor there says, 'No, this is unethical. I can't do this. This is wrong.' And then they take him to another facility, the Gila Medical Facility in Silver City, New Mexico where literally he is subjected to five to seven hours of medical procedures including digital severance, enemas, culminating in a colonoscopy, complete colonoscopy under the theory that the warrant authorized what the doctor called a body cavity search. And he's taken home at 3:00 in the morning after being stopped at 2:00 in the afternoon."
Beck asked whether Eckert said he wanted an attorney present, and Kennedy said he "absolutely" made that request. However, many of those involved seemed to believe that since the man hadn't yet been charged with a crime, he didn't have the right to an attorney.
"It's clear, they can't do this," Kennedy said. "The problem is, we have a collection of law enforcement and doctors who don't know this. And a District Attorney was involved in this."
On top of that, Beck's co-host Pat Gray added, the medical facility had the "unmitigated gall" to send Eckert the bill for all the procedures they performed on him. The lawyers said it amounted to roughly $6,000.
"There is a series of incompetence and willful disregard of civil rights here that culminates in this man getting a colonoscopy," Kennedy said. "This is ... out of control."
Beck said he didn't care if the man had a prison record -- his rights cannot be violated in such a way. And had the officers or their superiors immediately apologized and said the situation was "out of control," he would consider being more lenient.
"But for anybody who is saying, 'Look, we went by the book,' it would only enrage me more and I would say, 'I want their children's children's children to pay,'" Beck remarked.
He continued: "I would ask you to advise your client, please, for the rest of us, please, do not settle the case. Please do not settle the case. Go for the throat. You have got to send a message."
Watch the complete interview, below:
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