A horrifying video out of South Carolina today, showing multiple white police officers performing an illegal roadside cavity search on a black man following an unwarranted traffic stop. The man, Elijah Pontoon, was the passenger in a car that had been pulled over for having paper tags (not a crime in South Carolina) being driven by his girlfriend, Lakeye Hicks.
As first reported by The Washington Post, Officer Chris Medlin ran a check on Hicks’ license and tags, and discovered that they both came up clear. Nevertheless, Medlin proceeded to handcuff Pontoon after finding that he had a drug offense from over a decade ago. “Because of your history, I’ve got a dog coming in here. Gonna walk a dog around the car,” Medlin said, following it up with: “You gonna pay for this one, boy.”
Medlin did bring a k9 unit to investigate Hicks’ car, but found nothing. Not to be deterred, the police officers proceed to search Pontoon’s rectum. According to the audio, all they can find is a hemorrhoid, which they insist is a crack rock. According to the lawsuit, a female officer was searching Hicks in the meantime, exposing her breasts to the other male officers and anyone who happened to be driving by. Neither search turned up any contraband, much to Medlin’s discouragement. He can be heard saying on the radio:
“We search the car. There ain’t nothing in the car… And on a search of him, up in his crotch by the butt, I felt something hard. I lifted his pants and pulled the back of his underwear down and I didn’t see anything but I didn’t get all the way up in there to get no vertical up shot. I just pulled his underwear back, but I didn’t see nothing. But it felt, he said it was a hemorrhoid. It ain’t no… it was a rock. It was a rock of crack. It’s gotta be a rock. He’s got it up in his butt.”
Pontoon and Hicks were compliant throughout, though at one moment Pontoon accurately noted “this is just harassment.”
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