Mar 11, 2014
Woman Sues After Being Forced to Undergo Invasive Searches
Posted on Dec 29, 2013
A 54-year-old New Mexico woman is suing federal authorities after being forced to undergo “a brutal and inhumane six-hour full-body cavity search by federal officers that included anal and vaginal probes” with no warrant and without consent, the El Paso Times reports.
The woman is also suing a hospital where she was forced to take a laxative and have a bowel movement in the presence of officers. She was additionally X-rayed and made to undergo speculum, vaginal and CT exams. Because she refused to sign a written consent form, she was charged $5,000 for being violated in these ways.
The El Paso Times writes:
ACLU New Mexico Legal Director Laura Schauer Ives said in the news release: “These extreme and illegal searches deeply traumatized our client. … The fact that our government treated an innocent 54-year-old woman with such brutality and inhumanity should outrage all Americans. We must ensure that government agents never put another person through a nightmare like this ever again.”
The search occurred at about 2 p.m. Dec. 12, 2012, when the woman was returning from a visit to a family friend, whom she calls “uncle” and tries to visit once a month. The ordeal began when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer told her her passport was “randomly” picked for a secondary inspection as it was swiped. Border patrol officers Portillo and Herrera then frisked her through her clothing.
More details about the horrifying six-hour episode as it is described in the lawsuit can be read here.
H/t to Truthdig contributor Scott Tucker for bringing this article to our attention.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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