POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 3:10pm
El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — For the second time in just two days, area law enforcement is accused of performing unnecessary and humiliating anal probes on local residents.
On Wednesday night, Newschannel 9 brought you the story of a New Mexico man who has filed a lawsuit a Deming police, claiming police subjected him to numerous anal exams, colonoscopies, and enemas all because they thought he was hiding drugs in his rectum.
Now Customs and Border Patrol Officers in El Paso are accused of the same thing. A New Mexico woman claims she was returning from a visit to Juarez last December when drug dogs alerted CBP officers to possible narcotics on her.
She says agents and doctors at University Medical Center performed cavity searches, anal exams, x-rays, and cat scans, all without her consent, but found no drugs.
The New Mexico ACLU is now taking action and is filing a complaint.
Laura Schauer Ives, with ACLU of New Mexico says, "I think this case demonstrates the immediate need of oversight for Border Patrol and law enforcement limits, and from my client's perspective it didn't matter that these were doctors or agents doing this to her because she wasn't doing anything wrong and she felt sexually assaulted."
The woman says she was even billed $6,000 for the procedures. Border Patrol officials say they have no information on the woman's case.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the agents involved as 'Border Patrol agents.' The headline was incorrect and we apologize for any confusion.