Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Phoenix police officers allegedly conducted a warrantless body cavity search on a year-old black mother, finding no evidence of illegal activity, before attempting to cover up the incident by refusing to document it or investigate her subsequent complaints, according to a legal claim filed on Monday.
By John W. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shatteredleaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. Our freedoms — especially the Fourth Amendment — are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, shoot, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.
A body cavity searchalso known simply as a cavity searchis either a visual search or a manual internal inspection of body cavities for prohibited materials contrabandsuch as illegal drugs, money, jewelry, or weapons. Body cavities used for concealment include nostrilsearsmouthnavelpenis urethra and foreskin or vaginaand rectum. It is far more invasive than the standard strip search that is typically performed on individuals taken into custody, either upon police arrest or incarceration at a jail, prisonor psychiatric hospital.
Doctors noted in their reports that Reynolds had rectal bleeding, according to her claim. And her lawyer says she is experiencing the same debilitating side effects as sexual assault survivors. But Phoenix police initially claimed they had no record of conducting a cavity search on her.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Story highlights A New Mexico man is pulled over on a traffic violation, taken in on alleged drug possession Police got a warrant for an "anal cavity" search; lawsuit claims it was too general and broad He had "digital penetrations,
Officials from the Harrisville Central School District have not returned requests for comment about the complaint, which the student filed anonymously on Dec. The requests for comment were emailed Thursday after business hours. Upon learning that other students had accused her of possessing drugs, Doe insisted that the allegations were false.
Erica Reynolds, 37, filed a precursor to a lawsuit on Monday against the city of Phoenix and its police department, accusing them of false imprisonment, sexual assault, and wrongful arrest. And only after this humiliating display of state violence was Erica finally allowed to leave the police precinct. According to the claim, Reynolds was pulled over in December because she met with a man who police suspected was a drug dealer.
Tamar Gewirtz September 29, Protecting the civil rights of those accused of crimes has always been a challenge. A measure of our humanity, however, is the way we treat those who have the fewest rights.
By Leah Simpson For Dailymail. The Tennessee cop being sued for forcibly baptizing a woman also forced an anal cavity search on a motorist, according to a lawsuit filed the same day. Deputies Jacob Goforth and Daniel Wilkey are seen on dashcam footage slamming James Myron Mitchell, 41, on the hood of the patrol car, kneeing him in the stomach, and repeatedly pulling at his pants as a female companion watches on.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has thrown out a drug possession case after determining a body cavity search used to obtain evidence was unconstitutional, according to an opinion released Wednesday. Minneapolis Police Department had set up a controlled drug buy from Brown using a confidential informant. When the police arrested Brown for selling crack cocaine, Brown appeared to be making attempts to hide the drugs.