Large payout in traffic stop settlement

DEMING, N.M. - In November the story of David Eckert went viral.

From coast to coast people wanted justice for the New Mexico man who was anally probed and forced to undergo a colonoscopy after police suspected he had drugs in his rectum.

On Sunday, Eckert told NBC affiliate KOB that he is finding some justice after a major court decision in his case.

Eckert sued the City of Deming, Hidalgo County, the doctors, the Gila Regional Medical Center and a deputy district attorney who signed off on the warrants. In December, Hidalgo County and the City of Deming settled.

Through a records request, KOB learned that settlement amount is set at $1.6 million.

"The gratifying aspect of this case is the media attention that it has gotten and the opportunity for discussions in the law enforcement and medical communities about how to deal with these opportunities and what to do with requests from law enforcement about medical exams for people in custody," Eckert's attorney Joseph Kennedy said.

Read the full story on KOB's website.


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