Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Balko on Forced Medical Procedures and the Drug War

This is a very eye-opening piece from Radley Balko: "Anal Probes And The Drug War: A Look At The Ethical And Legal Issues".

From the opening:
Last week, news wires, blogs and pundits lit up with the horrifying story of David Eckert, a New Mexico man who last January was subjected to a series of invasive and degrading drug search procedures after a traffic stop. The procedures, which included x-rays, digital anal penetration, enemas and a colonoscopy, were all performed without Eckert's consent.

[...other examples...]

These incidents raise troubling questions about how the criminal justice system and medical establishment could allow for such extreme and invasive measures based on such little suspicion for nonviolent drug offenses...
Read the full text for more thorough discussion of the relevant legal and medical ethics issues.

(BTW, Diana and I got to hear him speak in Denver on his book, Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces.  If you get to hear him speak in person, it's worth going to.)