Remember last week's story about the man who was stopped by police for failing to stop at a stop sign and ended up being x-rayed, manually probed in his anus, and repeatedly given enemas? The key detail left out of that story is that a K-9 search alerted for drugs. Well, now there is another story about a man being stopped for a minor traffic infraction, searched by a K-9 "officer," then taken to a hospital for all manner of invasive, unnecessary cavity searches and medical procedures. The same dog, Leo, is the key to both stops. Leo likes to give false positives:
Police reports state deputies stopped Timothy Young because he turned without putting his blinker on.
Again, Leo the K-9 alerts on Young's seat.
Young is taken to the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, and just like Eckert, he's subjected to medical procedures including x-rays of his stomach and an anal exam.
Again, police found nothing, and again the procedures were done without consent, and in a county not covered by the search warrant.
We've learned more about that drug dog, Leo, that seems to get it wrong pretty often. He might be getting it wrong because he's not even certified in New Mexico.
If you take a look at the dog's certification, the dog did get trained. But his certification to be a drug dog expired in April 2011. K-9s need yearly re-certification courses, and Leo is falling behind.
"We have done public requests to find anything that would show this dog has been trained, we have evidence that this dog has had false alerts in the past," Eckert's attorney Shannon Kennedy said.
People, never consent to a search if you are given the option. It does not lead to good things.