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SD Cops Using Forced Catheterization To Extract Urine From Suspects

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 Cinnamon    24,606

South Dakota police officers are strapping people to beds and having catheters forcibly inserted into their urethras in order to extract urine from them, attorneys say.

According to attorneys for a Pierre man charged with felony drug ingestion who is asking a judge to throw out evidence in his case from an involuntary urine sample, the policy is not new. State prosecutors say the practice is legal but many civil liberties advocates disagree.

Dirk Landon Sparks said his constitutional rights were violated on March 14 following a report of a domestic disturbance. After being taken into custody, a judge signed off on a search warrant for Pierre police to obtain blood or urine after officers claimed Sparks had become fidgety.

When Sparks refused to comply voluntarily, attorneys say the cops transported him to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital where he was strapped to a bed while a catheter was forced into his penis so that a urine sample could be extracted and analyzed for the presence of “illicit” substances.

Sparks was charged with obstruction, two counts of felony drug ingestion, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after his urine tested positive for THC and methamphetamine.

In a motion filed May 16 in Hughes County, attorneys for Sparks argued that forced catheterization was not explicitly authorized by the judge in the warrant for blood or urine, meaning that Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures were violated.



Whoa! This is just going too far. Where does it end? They say only when voluntary testing is refused they use force. Scratches head. Also, this is done without anesthesia... seems to me like it would be easier to force a blood test than a urine test. Or they could just wait until they had to pee so badly that they could collect some then... what did they do before they started taking our blood and urine? 

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Illegal aliens can't provide proof of their age to drive, enter taverns or vote.

I think that they should be cut in half so that police can count their rings and verify their age at least.

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