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125k for sedated drug snoop

Man sedated during search gets $125,000

Out-of-court settlement reached with ex-convict, Albany County, hospital

ALBANY – A man who was forcibly sedated so his body could be searched for drugs that were never found will receive $125,000 under an out-of-court settlement reached recently with Albany County and Albany Medical Center Hospital.

The settlement stems from a federal lawsuit filed two years ago by Tunde Clement, an ex-convict arrested by sheriff’s investigators on March 13, 2006, at the Albany bus terminal.

Clement was carrying a backpack when he stepped off a bus from New York City and was quickly confronted by investigators who suspected he may be carrying drugs.

Clement, 35, who police claim had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court in a neighboring city, was handcuffed and taken to a police station where he was strip-searched. No contraband was found, so Clement was taken to Albany Med, where doctors forcibly sedated him with powerful drugs against his will.

Sheriff’s investigators did not obtain a search warrant for the procedure, and hospital officials did not require them to produce one. Police and hospital officials considered the matter a “medical emergency.”

While Clement was under sedation, a camera was inserted in his rectum, he was forced to vomit and his blood and urine were tested for drugs and alcohol. Scans of his digestive system were performed using X-ray machines, according to hospital records obtained by the Times Union. </em>

I dare anyone to find anything at all proper in the conduct of the state in this. You search a guy, no drugs.

End.of.story.

Now, 125k is a nice start, but all the cops, and the hospital personnel who decided this was a sane and logical thing to do? Drop your pants. I’m gonna stick a hose up your ass and force you to puke. Oh, no reason. Maybe the hose will dislodge a copy of the constitution, and you can actually read and understand what “illegal search and seizure” means.


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