South Carolina Police Search: Cops Perform Illegal Cavity Search During A Routine Stop

Leigh Egan

In light of a lawsuit recently filed against Aiken, South Carolina police officers, a Washington Post journalist who's been investigating illegal police activity in the state posted a video on Friday of two cops performing what appears to be an illegal anal cavity search.

A police dash cam recorded on October 2, 2014, showed a white car being pulled over in Aiken, South Carolina, at 12:20 p.m. Two officers approached the car and informed the driver that she was pulled over because of her "paper tags." Washington Post states that temporary car tags, also known as "drive out" tags, are legal in South Carolina as long as the date on the back of them hasn't expired.

"Because of your history, I've got a dog coming in here. Gonna walk a dog around the car...You gonna pay for this one, boy."

Meanwhile, Medlin told Pontoon that he saw something suspicious and would put gloves on to do a cavity search.

"You've got something here right between your legs. There's something hard right there between your legs."
"I've had hemorrhoids, and they ain't that hard."
"What are you talking about, right here? Right straight up in there."

The lawsuit, filed by both Hicks and Pontoon, names Medlin, along with several other officers and the Director of the ADPS officers, as defendants. Court documents show that the defendants are accused of improper search and seizure and improper actions.

The South Carolina police officers are being sued under the Federal law and Federal Causes of action, and Hicks and Pontoon are seeking punitive damages. The Director of ADPS and the City of Aiken are being sued under the State law causes of action, although no punitive damages are being sought against them.

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