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Forced Catheterization Spurs Lawsuits in South Dakota
« on: July 01, 2017, 04:57 PM NHFT »

http://www.courthousenews.com/forced-catheterization-spurs-lawsuits-south-dakota/

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (CN) – South Dakota’s state-sanctioned usage of forced catheterization – a process to gather urine from citizens not voluntarily submitting samples – is unconstitutional, two lawsuits filed in federal court claim.

Plaintiffs in the cases, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Rapid City attorney  James Leach, include four men, one woman, and a 3-year-old boy.

“As far as we know, no state has forcibly catheterized a child,” said Jennifer Petersen, communications associate with the state’s ACLU chapter, in an interview. “That’s what makes South Dakota unique.”

Thursday’s lawsuits, stemmed in part by reporting from local newspaper The Argus Leader in April, claim law enforcement – and in one instance, the state’s Department of Social Services – are too quick to use a technique that can cause long-term physical and psychological damage.

The lawsuits cited evidence from the newspaper’s reporting, including quotes from an interview with South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley.

“[A]gents would only pursue forced urine samples in ‘exceptional’ circumstances,” Jackley said, as quoted in one of the lawsuits, “such as fatal vehicular homicide case in which drugs are suspected to be a factor.”

One lawsuit targets the police forces in the state’s capital city of Pierre and in Sisseton, a community on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation in northeast South Dakota. It describes officers in Pierre stopping plaintiff Jason Riis in traffic, holding him down and placing a catheterization unit around his genitals, even after he’d agreed to urinate into a cup.

The lawsuit accuses the officers of forcing the test to gratify “their personal sadistic desires.” Other plaintiffs include a Nebraska woman who police thought was smoking marijuana. Gena Alvarez claims the use of forced catheterization was even more traumatizing because of her past experiences with childhood abuse.

The second lawsuit relates an incident from Feb. 23 of this year, when police in Pierre were called to Kirsten Hunter’s residence and found marijuana in the home she shared with her two children and live-in boyfriend. The next day, after receiving orders by state social workers Hunter says she didn’t know she could contest, she took her 3-year-old son to St. Mary’s Hospital, where staff held him down and used a catheter on his penis to obtain a urine test to check for drugs. According to the lawsuit, the catheter was used because the boy was not yet toilet trained.

The child “screamed,” the lawsuit says, and suffered “physical and emotional pain” for “several days after.” Two days later, Hunter took him to the hospital two hours away in Huron, South Dakota, where they gave him Tylenol for the pain, according to the lawsuit. She says a couple days later, he was back at St. Mary’s with a staph infection.

The lawsuits call for the practice—which they say is “widely” used in South Dakota—to be ruled unconstitutional by the court, claiming violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
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Re: Forced Catheterization Spurs Lawsuits in South Dakota
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 06:56 PM NHFT »

 Well those are some sad stories.     
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Re: Forced Catheterization Spurs Lawsuits in South Dakota
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 09:01 AM NHFT »

More to be added to the litany of "crimes against humanity" committed in the war against cannabis users. I just hope history will remember this awful period. Many are thinking the war is over because of some state turning to the tax and regulate model. Some are already seeing that it is not really much of an improvement. In fact now there is more funding to go after growers and the DUI arrests are proving to be quite profitable. Even though the science doesn't back up the blood levels they use as the threshold.
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Re: Forced Catheterization Spurs Lawsuits in South Dakota
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2017, 09:49 AM NHFT »

More to be added to the litany of "crimes against humanity" committed in the war against cannabis users. I just hope history will remember this awful period. Many are thinking the war is over because of some state turning to the tax and regulate model. Some are already seeing that it is not really much of an improvement. In fact now there is more funding to go after growers and the DUI arrests are proving to be quite profitable. Even though the science doesn't back up the blood levels they use as the threshold.





They shift what should be a persons unlimited right into a revocable and limited privilege, and then throw bread into the crowd right before the Gladiator games begin.   
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Re: Forced Catheterization Spurs Lawsuits in South Dakota
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 10:31 AM NHFT »

This escaped my net. It is now Show Prep.
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