What if you’ve got nothing to hide?
A judge granted a search warrant to perform an anal cavity search on Eckert shortly after he was taken into custody. KOB reports that a doctor refused to perform the anal cavity search at a Deming emergency room, saying it was “unethical.” Eckert was then transported to Gila Regional Medical Center, where his alleged trauma began.According to the lawsuit and medical records, Eckert’s abdominal area was x-rayed twice, doctors stuck fingers in his anus twice, he had three enemas inserted anally and had a colonoscopy performed. No drugs were ever found during the search.
“This is like something out of a science fiction film,” Kennedy told KOB. “Anal probing by government officials and public employees?”
Eckert did not consent to any of the searches.
Police and medical personnel violated the man’s person and privacy, multiple times, and found nothing pointing to guilt. Simply put, they raped him. Guilt or innocence isn’t in the interest of police. It’s all about control, especially to ridiculous extremes such as Mr. Eckert experienced. Never consider the police reasonable or trustworthy. They are essentially thugs with badges and guns. They will do what they will, and the law is merely an inconvenience.
If police will go to lengths like this to criminalize, they will stop at nothing to effect their will upon the unsuspecting. So what does one do in instances such as this?
1) Stay calm – I’m sure it would have been difficult for Mr. Eckert to do, but maintaining composure is the best thing anyone can do for themselves when arrested by police. Emotions not only won’t make it better, they may make it worse. Staying calm will help with the next point, which is…
2) Facts – Amassing details throughout an ordeal with the police is important. Concentrate on details of events. Try to accurately remember as much as possible. Take notes or, better yet, use electronic recording of events as they transpire. Times, dates, names, descriptions of people, vehicle makes and models, or if a police car, vehicle numbers, police badge numbers, etc., etc. all lend credibility to a victim’s version of events. Having the facts will go a long way toward bolstering your claim.
3) Maintain your rights – Essentially, shut up unless and until proper attorney representation is yours. Refusing to say anything once arrested is to one’s benefit, but remember to invoke the right by saying, “I reserve the right to remain silent“. Questions, particularly provocative ones, are intended to arouse feelings and self-doubt. Nothing requires you to answer them. Perhaps someday even this right to a lawyer will be denied, but for now an individual has a right to an attorney appointed by the court if they are being prosecuted after arrest. Remember that Miranda rights have a fine line. Police don’t have to read them to you, but if they want to use what you say in court to incriminate you then they have to advise you of your Miranda rights before you give a statement.
4) Reserve consent – You never have to consent to anything, such as a search of your person, your car or you domicile, but that doesn’t mean you should physically stop them from proceeding. Not consenting to being arrested may seem a silly triviality, but considering the thin reasons police can have to arrest it serves to remind them you still have your will and dignity. Reserving consent at the time of police action, such as Mr. Eckert did during his ordeal, becomes important when the matter is being sorted out before the courts. In Mr. Eckert’s case he is thankfully alive to make his grievance. When consenting becomes an immediate life threatening matter then it justifies physical resistance to neutralize the threat, even police, in my opinion. So long as you’re alive there are options. If the police have a warrant, ask them to show it and read it for yourself. Check it factually. Many are the times when police broke into the wrong home and destroyed personal property or even killed people simply out of mistaken zeal.
What police will become in the future of America is yet to be seen. One thing that is for sure is that they are a reflection in microcosm of the sinful, craven, degenerate society they serve. As Mr. Eckert’s case points us to considering the actions of these police, in a greater fashion, we’re seeing typical American society more dangerously. Police are what our society is devoid of self restraint.