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$125,000 Paid For Illegal Colonoscopy to Search for Drugs

On July 18, 2009, a New York State parolee, Tunde Clement, agreed to a $125,000 settlement in a lawsuit he filed in 2007 against Albany County, New York and Albany Medical Center Hospital.

Clement's attorney, John F. Queenan, claimed his client’s civil rights were violated by various medical staff and county officials, including Sheriff James Campbell, when he was forcibly sedated and subjected to a colonoscopy ostensibly intended to retrieve drugs not actually present. Calling the procedure a "medical emergency,” investigators did not obtain a search warrant and medical staff failed to require one.

Clement was initially arrested on March 13, 2006, for an outstanding warrant and subsequently strip-searched. Although no contraband was found in his possession, Sheriff's investigators concluded Clement was carrying drugs in his body. He was then transported to the Medical Center where the unlawful procedure was performed. See: Clement v. County of Albany, USDC, N.D. N.Y., No. 1:07-cv-00260-GLS-RFT.

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