KSFY: ACLU files suit over forced catheterization process

KSFY: ACLU files suit over force catheterization process:

PIERRE, SD (KSFY) – The American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota filed a lawsuit Thursday that challenges the use of forced catheterization.

The suit names the South Dakota Department of Social Services, Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, members of the Pierre Police Department, the Sisseton Police Department, and the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

According to a statement by the ACLU two lawsuits have been filed. One lawsuit was filed on behalf of a three-year-old child who was forcibly catheterized as part of a effort to collect evidence of child abuse or neglect. The second suit is on behalf of five adults who were subject to forcible catheterization as part of criminal investigations.

The ACLU says forcible catheterization is a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

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