Consequences pending in forced rectal exam case

Posted at: 11/06/2013 6:38 PM
Updated at: 11/06/2013 6:42 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4



A 4 On Your Side investigation into police officers and doctors violating two Southern New Mexican men has gone mega-viral. 

Hundreds of thousands of concerned people from all over the country have posted on blogs, websites, and have emailed our newsroom and commented on KOB.com about the story. One question that resonates: What consequences will these police officers face for their actions?

"Anybody can file an LEA-90 for officer misconduct," Jack Jones of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board told 4 On Your Side Wednesday.

An LEA-90 is a complaint that starts a state investigation into an officer's actions.

"He will have two weeks to respond to our office in Santa Fe and explain," Jones said. 

The Law Enforcement Academy Board is made up of industry professionals from around the state. The board has the authority to suspend or terminate an officer's certification to police in New Mexico. 

The lawsuit names Deming Police Officers Maricela Hernandez, Bobby Orosco, and Robert Chavez. The suit also names Hidalgo County Deputies David Arredondo, Robert Rodriguez, and Patrick Green. 

According to a federal lawsuit, these officers and deputies are responsible for subjecting a New Mexico man to 14 hours of medical procedures, including anal exams, x-rays, enemas and a forced colonoscopy. They suspected he was carrying narcotics in his anal cavity, but after eight medical procedures, they found nothing.