This ends the financial bleeding for the city and county, the latter of which has already spent ,000 in taxpayer funds fighting the lawsuit.
There's always the slim hope that large settlements will encourage the overseers of police departments (city and county governments) to realize that preventative measures are likely the cheaper option.
For those of you who don't remember what Eckert went through in order to "produce" drugs he simply didn't have, here's the rundown.
Every search was nonconsensual and Eckert was detained for a total of 14 hours by the police, who also apparently mocked him before, during and after the medical procedures.
I was surprised when she got that, but it was a great thing to be made aware of because I had never heard of that.
David Eckert, the Deming, NM man who was subjected to hours of invasive anal "searches" by two police officers (and a very compliant hospital staff), has received a settlement from two of the entities named in his lawsuit.
He is co-creator of a new website called Safe Sex City.com, which is a cyber-community geared towards creating a community of like-minded MSM who are committed to promoting and practicing of safe sex. He has conducted research on the role of the Internet in the sexual lives of MSM and has found a number of interesting trends that I am sure he will share with us in our discussion today.
Here is the settlement breakdown: Hidalgo County will pay 0,000 and the City of Deming will pay 0,000.
If the other entities involved "refuse to take responsibility," Eckert's lawyer will push for a jury trial.
Most of us are here because we are probably familiar with the recent studies that report high rates of unprotected sex and outbreaks of STDs among men who meet other men in Internet chat rooms.
But we are here to address the questions of why this is the case, what evidence there is to support these studies and these trends, and to set out what makes Internet chat rooms different from other venues.