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Sat Apr 8, 2017, 12:55 PM

Hooded, handcuffed, and 'violated': South Dakota's use of forced catheterization

Source: Freep

PIERRE — A mesh bag blurred Dirk Sparks' vision.

He lay hooded and handcuffed as four police officers pinned him to a hospital exam table.

Through the patterned light, he saw a fifth officer filming the procedure.

His pants were loosened and pulled below his waist.

Then, pain.

A nurse at Avera St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre inserted a pencil-sized tube into Sparks' urethra to drain his bladder. Moments later, an officer with the Pierre Police Department held a cup of Sparks' urine that soon would be sent off for drug testing.

“It was degrading,” Sparks said. “I was angry. I felt like my civil rights were being violated.”

Hours earlier, police responded to a domestic dispute at Sparks' home. When officers observed him acting "fidgety," they asked for a urine sample. When Sparks refused, police sought a warrant from a Hughes County judge to obtain a urine sample by "medically accepted means."

In Pierre, those means have repeatedly included forcibly catheterizing people who refuse or are unable to provide a sample. Officers subjected a 3-year-old boy to a similar procedure in February as part of a child welfare investigation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.


Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/07/hooded-handcuffed-and-violated-south-dakotas-use-forced-catheterization/100000158/

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Reply Hooded, handcuffed, and 'violated': South Dakota's use of forced catheterization (Original post)
demmiblue Apr 2017 OP
Horse with no Name Apr 2017 #1
Alea Apr 2017 #2
guillaumeb Apr 2017 #3
GWC58 Apr 2017 #5
malaise Apr 2017 #6
benld74 Apr 2017 #4

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 12:57 PM

1. Dr. Mengele would be thrilled to be an American these days. n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 01:02 PM

2. Couldn't they just draw blood?

"Hooded" may have been a spit hood. (not defending the actions)

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 01:04 PM

3. When was the Fourth Amendment repealed?

I must have missed that.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 01:44 PM

5. The "thugs" should tear up the Constitution!

Except, of course, for the Almighty Second Amendment. We've become a nation of authoritarian sadists! If I were a foreigner I'd stay as far away from this place as I could.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 02:23 PM

6. ReTHUGs don't give a flying fugg

about the Constitution unless Dems control branches of government

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 01:36 PM

4. Lawsuit 3,2,1

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