Drug Warriors Kidnap and Sexually Assault a Woman After Getting Permission From a Dog

CBPCBPIn a case eerily similar to David Eckert's humiliating ordeal at the hands of cops in Deming, New Mexico, a federal lawsuit charges U.S. Border Patrol agents with subjecting a U.S. citizen to six hours of degrading and fruitless body cavity searches based on an alleged alert by a drug-sniffing dog. The lawsuit, filed yesterday by the ACLU chapters in Texas and New Mexico, says the plaintiff, a 54-year-old New Mexico resident identified in the complaint as Jane Doe, was crossing the bridge between Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso after visiting a family friend last December when she was chosen at random for "additional screening." This "secondary inspection" involved a pat-down during which an agent "inserted her finger in the crevice of Ms. Doe's buttocks"—a rather startling incursion inasmuch as the agents at this point had no basis to suspect that the woman was carrying contraband. But they were just getting started.

The agents instructed the plaintiff to stand in line with other people who had been selected for additional screening and walked a dog past her. According to the lawsuit, the dog handler "hit the ground by her feet, but did not hit the ground by any of the others in the line," and "the dog responded by lunging onto Ms. Doe and landing its front paws on her torso." Why did the dog do that? "Because Ms. Doe did not possess any contraband," says the complaint, "the dog either did not alert or the response was not a proper alert." Yet this possibly manufactured and in any event erroneous alert was the basis for all that followed.

First the agents strip-searched the plaintiff, examining her anus and vagina with a flashlight. Finding nothing, they took her to the University Medical Center of El Paso, where they forced her to take a laxative and produce a bowel movement in their presence. Again they found no evidence of contraband. At this point one of their accomplices, a physician named Christopher Cabanillas, ordered an X-ray, which likewise found nothing suspicious. Then the plaintiff "endured a forced gynecological exam" and rectal probing at the hands of another doctor, Michael Parsa. Still nothing. Finally, Cabanillas ordered a CT scan of the plaintiff's abdomen and pelvis, which found no sign of illegal drugs. "After the CT scan," the complaint says, "a CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] agent presented Ms. Doe with a choice: she could either sign a medical consent form, despite the fact that she had not consented, in which case CBP would pay for the cost of the searches; or if she refused to sign the consent form, she would be billed for the cost of the searches." She refused, and later the hospital sent her a bill for $5,000, apparently the going rate for sexual assault and gratuitous radiological bombardment.

David Eckert, you may recall, also got a bill (in his case for about $6,000) after undergoing a similar exploration of his orifices and plumbing, which likewise continued, becoming increasingly invasive, precisely because the cops were not finding any evidence to substantiate their suspicions. And while the police in his case did obtain a warrant, the main basis for it was a dog's purported alert, which in Jane Doe's case seems to have been the only evidence that she was smuggling drugs. Although such alerts are frequently wrong and can easily be faked, the Supreme Court has said they qualify as probable cause for a search as long as the dog is properly trained. The burden of showing a dog is not properly trained lies with the person challenging the search.

Aside from the dangers of putting too much faith in drug-detecting dogs, this case, like Eckert's, illustrates the appalling complicity of doctors in waging the war on drugs, even when it involves utterly unethical participation in dehumanizing pseudomedical procedures performed on involuntary and audibly protesting "patients." In addition to Border Patrol agents, the lawsuit names the hospital, Cabanillas, and Parsa. Lest you think the criminal malpractice described in this complaint is an aberration, the ACLU offers evidence that it is in fact commonplace:

During the car ride to the Medical Center, Ms. Doe asked if the agents had awarrant. One of them responded that they did not need a warrant....

Medical Center policy L-13 on searches by hospital personnel does not permit an invasion of a person’s body for purposes of a search without either consent or a search warrant. However, in practice, the Medical Center staff and CBP agents routinely conduct invasive cavity searches without a warrant, consent or sufficient suspicion to justify the searches. When Ms. Doe expressed dismay about the unreasonable searches she suffered, a Medical Center employee responded that these procedures were routinely followed when an individual is brought in by CBP agents. The employee also told Ms. Doe that what happened to her was not invasive.

This kind of abuse tends to draw attention only when the victim is "innocent," meaning he or she is not in fact smuggling drugs. But how can any society call itself civilized when it allows human beings to be treated this way in the name of locating arbitrarily proscribed substances? Having arrogated to itself the authority to regulate what people put into their own bodies, the government ends up forcibly delving into those bodies in search of the chemicals it has anathematized. To enforce politicians' pharmacological prejudices, the government's agents and their medical accomplices become kidnappers and rapists. There is nothing noble or decent about this immoral crusade, and anyone associated with it ought to be ashamed of himself.

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  • ||

    Family billed for bullet following execution?

  • JW||

    Hey, she lived, didn't she? What does she have to complain about?

    Shoot the cops, fire the doctors and make it impossible for them to ever practice medicine again. These people are pure scum, and not in sense of hyperbole. That really can't be stressed enough.

    All this because someone, somewhere, might put something into their body that's on the unapproved list?

    Oh, the horror.

  • TJJ||

    ►JW stated "Hey, she lived, didn't she? What does she have to complain about?"◄

    Are you serious???

  • Number 7||

    "dentified"? "passed"?

    Someone was a holiday party last night.

  • Zeb||

    Someone was a holiday party last night.

    And you must have been at a holiday party last night.

  • Paul.||

    She refused, and later the hospital sent her a bill for $5,000, apparently the going rate for sexual assault and gratuitous radiological bombardment.

    The hospital, its staff and administration are liable and complicit in this breech of human rights.

  • Drake||

    I really like the billing touch they add to illegal searches.

    "Here is proof in writing that we violated you, feel free to sue us."

  • TJJ||

    ►Drake stated "Here is proof in writing that we violated you, feel free to sue us."◄

    Exactly. To bad this woman can't shove a big pole up their asses!!Although, I'm sure she will sue their asses off!!

    I have never heard of such a violation in my life, of what is suppose to be 'professionals'! What would they have done if she refused ANY and ALL of it I wonder?

    I'm just baffled.

  • CE||

    A massive lawsuit is no doubt on the way, but that's not enough. These creeps need to face criminal charges.

  • ghostsniper||

    Thug A violates victim B and taxpayer C pays for lawsuit.

    I'm wondering why the victims husband hasn't killed every one of the people that assaulted his wife?

    Oh that's right, he's a bigger pu$$y than his wife. sigh

  • SQRLSY One||

    When do we finally have to go and start shooting the bastards? When do bullets have to replace the ballot? The day is getting closer and I for one do NOT like it one tiny bit... WHAT does it take to wake up the mindless whores for the State? They get their pay-check, and that is ALL that matters?!?!?1

  • TJJ||

    ►CE stated "These creeps need to face criminal charges."

    These creeps need to have the same thing done to each and every one of them!!

  • R C Dean||

    Here's part of the deal, that I tell hospital staff when doing investigative/non-clinical searches is discusssed.

    We can only charge for medical work that is "clinically necessary" and has either been consented to by the patient or there is an emergency so consent can't be gotten.

    She didn't consent, so they have no basis for billing her.

    And, yeah, a lawsuit against this hospital and doctors is a definite possibility. If the argument is made that no informed consent was necessary because this wasn't a medical procedure, now you're looking at whether hospital personnel are covered by the special exemptions given to cops for laying hands on people. I don't see a search warrant anywhere in view, and even if I did, I don't see any kind of specific deputization of the hospital or doctors as de facto law enforcement personnel.

    I don't like the hospital's odds, here, on any front.

  • R C Dean||

    One more thought:

    This is El Paso, where juries see their solemn duty as gangraping any defendant. File a suit, win a judgment is how it works in that part of the world.

  • Paul.||

    It's El Paso, where the cops and hospital staff also see their solemn duty as gangraping the defendant.

    God I'm so glad I don't live down there any more.

  • ||

    Luckily, the SPD will only beat us into a coma or shoot us. They don't seen overly keen on fingering our assholes.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    Unless you are Morgan Fairchild.

  • ||

    Even though it's the agents that truly need to be punished, a devastating lawsuit victory against the hospital could make other hospitals and their staff extremely afraid to do this again, even while being egged on by agents. That's not a perfect scenario but at least it would be something.

  • JW||

    There needs to be a biblicaly severe judgement against the hospital here, one that would make any other in-house counsel reach for liquefied Xanax that can be injected directly into the brain, any time similar events are about to take place within his hospital's walls.

  • R C Dean||

    This is the last one (sorry, but this is actually an issue I've dealth with IRL):

    These doctors and nurses, and the hospital, have put their licenses on the line. If I was representing the victim, I'd be siccing the Department of Health, the Board of Medicine, and the Board of Nursing on anyone involved. If nothing else, it would change their attitude toward (a) cooperating in this case and (b) doing this again in the future.

  • Paul.||

    My fear is that this practice has become common, so you have to convince a DoH or BoM or BoN official that they did something wrong.

  • sarcasmic||

    What happens if nurses and doctors refuse to cooperate? Seriously. What's to stop the cops from simply arresting anyone who doesn't do their bidding?

  • R C Dean||

    This has actually been tried, believe it or not, when a cop in Austin threw a temper tantrum and arrested a nurse who refused to do a blood draw on a drunk driving suspect who resisted.

    In Texas, at least, you commit no crime by declining to assist an officer investigate a third person.

    You especially commit no crime be declining an officer's invitation to participate in an ongoing criminal assault.

  • JW||

    How's that "just following orders" defense still working out?

  • sarcasmic||

    In Texas, at least, you commit no crime by declining to assist an officer investigate a third person.

    You especially commit no crime be declining an officer's invitation to participate in an ongoing criminal assault.

    Does a cop commit a crime if they arrest you for a non-crime? That's all that matters. If refusing to help the cop is not a crime, but they can arrest you for it anyway, then it might as well be illegal.

  • Zeb||

    If refusing to help the cop is not a crime, but they can arrest you for it anyway, then it might as well be illegal.

    I think that might be overstating it a bit.

  • Ann N||

    False arrest = kidnapping

    whether its criminality is acknowledged is a totally different issue of whether you have full moral right to resist.

    if statists can convince you morality and law are the same thing they have won.

  • Rufus J. Fisk||

    My mother has been a nurse for over 20 years. she is now a vice president of a home health care company. she occasionally works the ER on weekends at a local hospital to make some extra cash. I have talked to her about these kinds of incidents and she assured me that if cops ever tried that in her ER when she was the head nurse, she would flat out refuse. She stated she will glady spend the night in jail and sue the shit out of the cops soon after. Early retirement president. Go mom!!!

  • NL_||

    What are the odds of a panel of doctors or nurses punishing a doctor or nurse for obeying police diktats? Seems like they'd be sympathetic.

  • Invisible Finger||

    When we get to single-payer, the hospital won't have to bill the victim anymore.

  • Loki||

    When we get to single-payer, the hospital won't have to bill the victim anymore.

    Plus Doctors and Nurses will be actaully deputized as law enforcement officials with all the same liability protections that are given to cops. Won't that be fun? But not to worry, we're in the midst of a "libertarian moment!"

  • perlhaqr||

    I actually just threw up in my mouth a little.

  • Kid Xenocles||

    I don't see how a search warrant binds anyone other than:
    1) the owner of the property to be searched and/or seized, who is bound to allow the search, and
    2) the specific officials authorized to conduct the search, who are bound to abide by the limitations of the warrant.

    Likewise the warrant can provide no protection for any other party.

  • R C Dean||

    That's my view. You need some basis for saying that you are deputized to access any special protections. Without those protections, you are in deep, deep shit, as you are just another civilian who isn't allowed to do any of this.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    What you did there...I seez it.

  • perlhaqr||

    Argh. I really hate to say this, but it might actually be better for the victim for the actual, trained medical staff to perform the procedures.

    Since the alternative is probably the fucking cop doing it himself. *shudder*

    All around, a shitty situation.

  • VicRattlehead||

    "shitty situation"
    No pun intended?

  • Ann N||

    this is why cops need to be clear about 'commandeering' resources.

    IMO this is terrible law that needs to be undone.

    It creates an inequality within citizens (in relation to law enforcement), yet citizens are supposedly the 'ends', and cops are the 'means' of keep them safe.

    how do you empower means over its own ends?

    commandeering law only makes sense with divine right of kings or some other top-down flow of morality.

    in this case its unclear if cops explicitly commandeered personnel or resources. but they certainly could have made a legal claim of 'right' should personnel have resisted. I know i would have, and i know border agents would have considered how they could force me. 'lawful command' 'commandeer' 'deputize'. all these things really mean is cops have more inherent morality than those they watch over, makes zero logical sense.

  • TJJ||

    ►RC Dean stated "And, yeah, a lawsuit against this hospital and doctors is a definite possibility."◄

    "possibility"?? No, it's a DEFINITE lawsuit!

  • ||

    The recent prevalence of this says one thing to me: doing this to people is high up on the "must-do" list of a lot of Border Patrol agents. Like cops shooting friendly tiny dogs, this only makes sense if the officer or agent is itching to do it. But that of course comes back to a given: if you create a position of power or authority, the worst possible person for that position will gravitate to it.

    If you create a position where people can get away with body searching and degrading another human being, you will find that more and more people who actually get off on doing so will apply for that position, eventually becoming a large percentage of the candidates and hires. Because that's the way authority, power, and government works.

    There will be plenty more of this, just like the shooting of dogs has increased exponentially.

  • some guy||

    Yep. Jobs tend to get filled by the people who most want to do them. It doesn't just happen in positions of authority. I hope the civil and criminal lawsuits hit everyone involved in these crimes.

  • JW||

    I can only imagine how violently I would be resisting any attempt to get me to cooperate to any of these illegal searches.

    They'd best sedate and restrain me now, because it's going to be a fucking show when it starts.

  • TJJ||

    @JW Agreed! No way in hell would I be cooperating! They would have a fight on their hands the whole time! Your the first person I have seen say this, I can't believe some of things being said here!

  • Paul.||

    Having arrogated to itself the authority to regulate what people put into their own bodies, the government ends up forcibly delving into those bodies in search of the chemicals it has anathematized.

    Now you understand why the state has such an interest in controlling your healthcare.

  • CE||

    Ouch. Nutpunch of the week. I would probably be in jail for multiple felonies right now if someone did that to my wife. At some point can't they just shoot the dog and tie the border agents and doctors to the bridge and leave them there?

  • tarran||

    Revenge is a dish best served cold, CE, a dish best served cold.

  • Paul.||

    I thought it was a dish best served delicious.

  • ||

    How deep is the dish in question?

  • ||

    YOU SHUT YOUR DIRTY WHORE MOUTH

  • ||

    Dirty!?

  • ||

    It's not very cold on the Mexico border, tarran. Though it is very cold in space...

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    No one can hear them scream in space though

  • tarran||

    Bone conduction works in space... so yes, you can hear them scream in space.

    But it's not very loud and completely unsatisfying.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    You know what else is not very loud and completely unsatisfying?

  • Lord Humungus||

    In space, no one can hear you sue. /MST3K

  • Tamfang||

    The colder the dish gets, the more evil commoners they'll have raped in the meantime.

  • TJJ||

    Too bad there is not any 'like' or + button or something so I could click it on your comment! Agreed!

  • ||

    So a dog can smell drugs in the bowels of a human? Neat!

  • BakedPenguin||

    Pretty much what I was thinking.

  • R C Dean||

    Good point.

    Even if a dog hits on you, that's only probable cause to search for what the dog could have smelled.

  • Paul.||

    The argument that I see is that LEO will simply claim what they always claim: Drugs must have been there recently, hence the hit.

  • sarcasmic||

    There is nothing noble or decent about this immoral crusade, and anyone associated with it ought to be ashamed of himself.

    Or shot. I'll go with shot.

  • CatoTheElder||

    No! If the libertopian revolution were possible, the State's agents of oppression would not be summarily shot even though that is what they deserve. Rather, there would be a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Any who come forward, fully confess their crimes, and apologize to their victims would receive mercy. Any who failed to come forward in, say, three months would receive a fair trial and a first-class hangin'.

  • TJJ||

    ►"sarcasmic stated "anyone associated with it ought to be ashamed of himself. Or shot. I'll go with shot"◄

    Thank goodness you added the last 2 sentences because I was about to say ashamed? lol. Need to be a lot more than ashamed, I'll go with shot as well!!

  • DFG||

    in both of these cases, even if they had found drugs what is the payoff? How much quantity is the average vagina or anus capable of carrying? About $50-$100 worth of dope? Do they think they have finally nabbed the cartel kingpin bringing in the mother load? How do they get so caught up in it that even after negative result after negative result they keep pushing it further into torture? Drugs have created a sickness in this country that is worse than addiction, and police have developed a terminal case. If we allow ourselves to be treated this way then this country has changed more than we realize.

  • sarcasmic||

    How do they get so caught up in it that even after negative result after negative result they keep pushing it further into torture?

    Because it gives them pleasure.

  • Smilin' Joe Fission||

    This is not about stopping drugs from being transported, this is about an officer enjoying his power to torture you with zero repercussions.

  • some guy||

    Also because big drug busts take a lot of time and effort to arrange and often involve significant risk of physical harm to the officers involved. Small time busts have no effect on the wider world, but are easy (and fun!) to execute.

  • Kyfho Myoba||

    Because FYTW.

  • ||

    They're not doing it to find drugs. They're doing it because they are sadistic scum who took this job in the first place so they could do stiff like this. They get off on it. They knew the job allowed for this, and they've been salivating at the chance to do it.

  • ||

    This is not about busting drug kingpins. It's about power. People who do this sort of thing do it because they want to, not because it's an unfortunate downside of their job description.

  • Loki||

    This is not about busting drug kingpins. It's about power.

    Not only that but drug kingpins usually have a small army of armed bodyguards with them, not to mention rarely if ever actually set foot in the US. Going after them is dangerous. These CBP agents have families to go home to at the end of the day. Don't you want them to make it home? Why do hate them so much?

    People who do this sort of thing do it because they want to, not because it's an unfortunate downside of their job description.

    Oh yeah... nevermind.

  • Paul.||

    My guess here is that the dimwitted cops thought she fit the profile of a drug mule. Tightly packed pure heroin stuck inside a body cavity or swallowed in a balloon or some such thing probably amounts to more than $100- assuming a pure product.

    The problem is, when your mandate is 'stop illegal drugs coming across the border', there is no floor on the amount. It's catch and break everyone. Full stop.

  • some guy||

    It's catch and break everyone. Full stop.

    But you know you can't catch everyone, so instead you focus on the easy ones.

  • Zeb||

    If it is pure heroin or something potent and compact like that it could be a whole lot more than $100. But a few grand worth of H is still a drop in the ocean. Especially when set against torturing an innocent person.

  • Tamfang||

    If they find a joint (or an aspirin pill not in its original container) they can use it to threaten the suspect with whatever it takes to get her to testify against whomever they really want to prosecute.

  • Ronny Paulino||

    Not just a response to this piece, but Sullum remains my favorite Reason writer. And I like most of the writers here a lot. Cheers.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    LUUUUUUUCCCCCYYYYYYYY!!!!!

  • Paul.||

    Who'd have thought we'd be telling our daughters: Don't ever cross the border into the United States alone.

  • Invisible Finger||

    One nation under Dog.

  • daveInAustin||

    Does John Kerry regret any of this? Page 6 of the medical centers code of ethics includes "the right of a patient to refuse treatment"

  • R C Dean||

    Technically, this wasn't treatment.

    Which, as I noted above, opens a whole new can of worms.

  • Invisible Finger||

    Why buy health insurance when you can get all the free examinations you want by just crossing the border a couple times a month?

  • ||

    Hey doc, while you're up my ass, could you check my prostate? I haven't been in for a physical in some time.

  • Invisible Finger||

    That might be construed as consent.

    Better to say something like, "Back in the day I used to like rubbing bath salts on my balls."

  • Loki||

    "Back in the day I used to like rubbing bath salts on my balls."

    "...so how about you give them a nice good lick while you're down there, see if you can still taste it. And after that you can suck my big fat cock, you fascist piece of shit."

  • Andrew S.||

    Personally, I believe it's best to reserve that kind of talk for TSA agents.

  • Loki||

    Until they start giving them guns. Then it'll be *BLAM, BLAM, BLAM* "Furtive movement... thought he was armed... Feared for life... Procedures were followed... Ammo was discharged..."

  • JW||

    Ammo was discharged..."

    Families were billed...

  • some guy||

    free examinations

    Except the hospital sent the bill to the victim.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It's a good thing we have a free and independent press in this country, so some intrepid reporter can ask the President what he thinks about this. Maybe ask him what he'd think if some goosestepping thug did this to one of his daughters.

  • some guy||

    In a sane world the Justice Dept. would be all over the LEOs involved in these two cases. We do not live in a sane world.

  • Cdr Lytton||

    "Unfair! President's daughters are off limits!

    Next, I'm going to distribute some photos of the First Family on their million dollar vacation."

    /Jay "Punch my face again" Carny

  • Enough About Palin||

  • ||

    +1 postal-goings

  • Tonio||

    The lawsuit, filed yesterday by the ACLU chapters in Texas and New Mexico...

    The ACLU haters here are uncharacteristically silent about this. So, where are your favored civil liberties groups and why are they not the ones filing suit here? Which is not to defend the ACLU's many recent anti-liberty actions, but they still do some good work. Also, do note that although there is a national umbrella ACLU that most of the work is actually done by the state chapters.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    I like the ACLU for what they are worth...they just cant read the numbers 2, 9, and 10. Other than that they are ok.

  • JW||

    I'll call myself someone who is regularly disgusted by the activities and stances of the ACLU. Normally, these are the activities that are directly contra to the 'C' and 'L' parts of their acronym.

    Of course, when what they do *is in line with their mandate* and is something that you expect them to handle, you typically don't hear too much of the hatin'.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Now that I think about it, if His Hopeyness thought those cops in Cambridge acted "stupidly" I'm sure he'd be wiling to host a little lemonade-fueled get-together between this woman and those agents. He could admonish them sternly on Constitutional niceties.

  • Ayn Random Variation||

    Public Drawn and Quartering for all involved (except for the dog)

  • Zeb||

    So, just take the dog out back and shoot it?

  • Enough About Palin||

    The dog is not at fault.

  • Zeb||

    But he does have to work with pigs. Put him out of his misery.

  • ||

    Not the dog with the badge, anyway. All other dogs must be destroyed.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The ACLU haters here are uncharacteristically silent about this.

    Poor little Tonio. The ACLU can kiss my ass.

    Feel better?

    It's not like virtually every single practicing attorney in the country wouldn't LOVE to get this case. Go back to handwringing about how those rotten SoCons and their filthy religious icons are oppressing you.

  • ||

    Yeah, what about the ACLU in Virginia refusing to bring suit against the horrible law preventing same-sex couples form making medical decisions, power of attorney, etc.? The law has been on the books for almost 10 years now, with nary a peep out of the organization. Fuck the ACLU.

  • R C Dean||

    Kristin, could you give me a linky on that?

    I have never seen a law that specfically prohibits a person from naming a gay person as medical attorney-in-fact.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    The dog is not at fault.

    He was just following orders.

  • Loki||

    He was just following orders.

    And more importantly doesn't possess the cognitive ability to refuse orders that you or I would know are morally wrong. All he knows is "Do what my master wants me to, get a treat."

  • Edwin||

    I dunno, my fluffball would never, COULD never do that to someone. Granted, she's exceptionally intelligent, but still, even she knows at least some difference between right/wrong. She'd be pretty upset at the start of inter-human violence.

  • Sailfree||

    "anyone associated with it ought to be ashamed of himself."

    At the very least.....

  • ||

    Surely the fact that they made Jacob so cross is punishment enough.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I guarantee they were laughing about it later.

  • Donut-san||

    The burden of showing a dog is not properly trained lies with the person challenging the search.

    This is appalling. I work for a small environmental lab. Every bit of data we produce has to be accompanied by QC data that proves that our instruments and methods are sound. Without it, the data is suspect, end of story. Why aren't government agents held to even the lowest standards of integrity?

  • AlmightyJB||

    So moral of the story is don't go to New Mexico and if you do, don't get pulled over, and if you do shoot the cops in the head and get the hell across the border.

  • RishJoMo||

    Sounds like a lot of crazy smack to me dude.

    www.Anon-VPN.com

  • Edwin||

    wooooowwwwwwww
    Jesus Christ what a story
    My dad has always said A LOT of cops are on a power trip. We've had a REALLY bad run in with a cop in our family, but this was way before Rodney King, so they thought it wouldn't be worth it/effective to sue.
    It's the one American/normal thing my Dad says, where he's usually a pretty annoying mix of empty-headed and weird foreigner

    Yeah, it's pretty obvious that these guys are doing it for fun. If not, they're so goal-focused and one-track and get so over-excited so easily as to be clearly incompetent for their job. I think getting over-excited and focused on one thing like a dog is a good male trait, but clearly there are limits.

  • ExNuke||

    "There is nothing noble or decent about this immoral crusade, and anyone associated with it ought to be ashamed of himself."

    NO! Anyone and everyone associated with this kind of assault should be in prison as a convicted sex offender.

  • Malcolm Kyle||

    Maybe we all need to be reminded of a few simple facts:

    * Our policy regarding drugs is in the hands of frauds, liars and two bit crooks, and until they are in handcuffs, poverty will increase, injustice will prevail and perversity will rule the planet.

    * In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. This has resulted in the number of people infected with HIV who are drug addicts dropping from 50 per cent to 20 per cent, and new diagnoses of HIV among addicts dropping from approximately 3,000 to below 2,000 annually. The number of drug overdose deaths declined from 400 to 290 a year between 2001 and 2006, and “problematic” drug use and drug use among adolescents has decreased.

    * Prohibitionists have always been murderous parasites: In 1926, during alcohol prohibition, the federal government began a campaign of deliberately poisoning vats of liquor with kerosene, gasoline, benzene, cadmium, iodine, zinc, mercury salts, nicotine, ether, formaldehyde, chloroform, camphor, carbolic acid, quinine, acetone, methanol, and several other deadly toxins. Estimates place the body count above 10,000.

    * Illegal Drug Cartels cannot operate without the support of politicians, bureaucrats, and police officers.

    * Prohibition has been a slow but relentless degradation (death by a zillion cuts) of all our cherished national and international institutions that will leave us crippled for numerous generations.

  • Ross Adams||

    This is horrific to say the least. Just another example of the drug war attracting psychopaths and delusional idiots who think that their job is a simple matter of 'good guys vs. bad guys.' You've probably noticed on any law enforcement documentary that comes on the propaganda picture tube that all these cocksuckers will rally themselves by saying 'Let's go catch the bad guys!' Hahahaha! All I can do is laugh. That's it. Just laugh as a coping mechanism for these unspeakable atrocities, when in reality I want to see these pieces of shit mauled to death by the very dogs they "train." Of course that still wouldn't undo the damage already done so I just hang my head...

  • TheZeitgeist||

    At the local Dog Walk (Humane Society shtick) event this year, we took our dog. Hundreds if not thousands of dogs all around. Of course the cops bring their dogs down and show them off with Schutzund tricks and the like. The local cop dogs are Belgian Malinois breed.

    While my girlfriend and our dog, Roscoe, we're off with some of her friends I mentioned to the cop I knew what his dog's breed was, and the cop said they got Malinois because they're vicious and have a zillion pounds of bite force blah-blah. One of the dogs was named 'Vader' for Pete's sake. I mentioned my dog was half Belgian Malinois. The cop, bless his soul, replied with a giggle that meant my dog would 'get its ass kicked only half way around the block' by Vader.

    Then my girlfriend showed up, and the cop realized the other half of my mutt dog Roscoe is wolf. Roscoe weighs ~105 pounds and has anxiety issues with aggressive uncut males.

    Needless to say, Vader got play-humped that day. It was awesome.

  • TheZeitgeist||

    While reading my post noting the normal errors, I noticed the third paragraph may leave the wrong impression - so let me just say my girlfriend is not my half-wolf dog. They are indeed different (yet in each their own way beautiful and vicious creatures).

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