28 Sep 2014

Judge won't grant immunity to police, doctor who medically paralyzed man for cavity search

A federal judge has ruled that Anderson County law enforcers and an Oak Ridge doctor are not entitled to immunity from prosecution after the doctor medically paralyzed a man to conduct a cavity search for drugs.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/YsTsNq) the 2010 cavity search at the Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center did turn up cocaine, and Felix Booker was charged with a federal drug crime.
However, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals tossed out the case against Booker, stating that the search “shocked the conscience” and violated the Constitution.
Booker’s civil lawsuit against officials had been on hold pending the outcome of the criminal case.
The civil-rights lawsuit names as defendants Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Shelton, Oak Ridge Police Department officers Lewis Ridenour and Daniel Steakley, the governments of Anderson County and Oak Ridge, and Dr. Michael Lapaglia.
According to court records, Booker was arrested on Feb. 12, 2010, and taken to the Anderson County jail where a strip search turned up nothing. Because officers believed Booker was hiding drugs in his rectum, they transported him to the hospital emergency room, still naked and wrapped only in a blanket.
Lapaglia first administered a muscle relaxer, but when that was ineffective Shelton and Steakley held Booker down on a gurney while Lapaglia medically paralyzed him, inserting a tube down his throat to keep him breathing. A cavity search then found 10.4 grams of crack cocaine.
According to the suit, Lapaglia has conducted other cavity searches for law enforcement before.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/27/judge-denies-immunity-in-cavity-search-lawsuit/


  1. It's time for Lapaglia to find a cold place in the woods, under a few feet of turf.

  2. Should've just given him a laxative an hang tight. Something would have to blow. No pun

  3. and to think these fuks are public servants. just filthy human garbage

  4. "An INTERNAL INVESTIGATION determined that both police and doctors acted in accordance with internal policy."

  5. and this guy calls himself a dr. He's evil