Federal Judge Rules Against Forced Catheterization In Drug Cases

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A federal judge in South Dakota has ruled that the involuntary catheterization of suspects to obtain urine samples is unconstitutional. South Dakota police used the catheters to determine if suspects had ingested drugs.

U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange says forced catheterization violates the Fourth Amendment protecting citizens from unreasonable search and seizure, calling it “a highly invasive and degrading procedure.”

He says police can use blood tests to determine drug use and notes that two of the six plaintiffs weren’t arrested for, or even suspected of, drug crimes.

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