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Feds investigate White cops for illegal anal search of Black couple


Photos: Aiken Police Department via Dash Cam

Police officers who violated a Black couple in Aiken, South Carolina could face federal charges. The FBI has decided to review the case involving Elijah Pontoon and Lakeya Hicks.

According to Aiken Standard, the incident occurred in 2014 when officers Chris Medlin and Clark Smith stopped Lakeya Hicks, who was driving with a paper tag. Hicks had recently purchased the car and hadn’t yet gotten an official license plate.

When the police officers pulled Hicks over, they made Pontoon get out of the vehicle. They believed that Pontoon had drugs and decided to search the vehicle without a warrant. After they didn’t find drugs in the car, Officer Medlin made Pontoon remove his pants and began to search his anus with his fingers. Merlin said that he felt something hard, but Pontoon told him that it was a hemorrhoid. Merlin never found any drugs and used a racial slur to address Pontoon by saying, “You gonna pay for this one boy.” Hicks was also searched and her breasts were exposed during the process.

Aiken’s Chief Charles Barranco believed the officers were conducting an appropriate search although Public Safety found that Medlin did not abide by the agency’s strip search policy. Medlin also never filed an incident report and only received remedial training as punishment for the illegal act.

The FBI’s civil rights division has started an investigation against the officers this week. It’s one step to bring attention to police who harass and intimidate citizens across the nation. Medlin’s action should have resulted in criminal charges from the local and state level. He sexually abused Pontoon and also performed the search without a warrant. The harassment that was allowed to take place is appalling and the FBI’s review should help to right that wrong.

Hicks and Pontoon have also filed a lawsuit against the officers and the city.


  1. FuZ on April 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    They violated those folks rights.

  2. cupcake333 on April 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    HUH do you think they are the only two who have done this go to a prison and ask some inmates before they were locked up if this happen , you would be utterly surprised how many will tell you back in the 80 and 90s when drug sell was high black men use to stick crack up the crack .and cops would go right up there and retrieve it .you know to this day in jails they do this calling it a caveity search good greif if its not visable let it go .. the person already bought in for bull shit .. .let it gooo already cops get commission off arrest and booking so a lot of this up to camera phones stepped in was real fake arrest now they still trying to do this kind of arrest knowing they can barely escape being caught body cameras too? in some cities but not all ..they need to make body cams mandatory..

    • cee jay on April 16, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Cupcake,seriously, l wish you would take some of the time spent on here to study some basic grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. It is hard as hell to follow an incoherent thought process from your posts.

      • WHaleWillie on April 18, 2016 at 10:16 am

        CEeJAy, go easy on sista CUpcake. IF ya read da post, she gots it right! HEll, eva time OLe WIllie here dates a new boo, gotsa check da d’otty shute fo’ d’is an’ d’at! JUst a week ago just befo’had my first time wit’ BOxcar-BEttie I’Se dun a compli’mntry chin-deep eye-ballin’ of her choco dispensa’. I’Sa found a couple o’ old CAmel smokes, a lighta an’ a SOul TRain ’45. HO be packin’ like sum street bum hidin’ his bag o’ cans.

        MA brotha CHris ROck always be upta a good fistin’. D’At was ’til KIng o QUeens chubba wubba KEvin JAmes play roll da nigga wit’ po’ CHris.

        KObe BRyant, neva liked ya. GLad you gone from b-ball. LEss competition fo’ WIllie at da LAkers games. BRuce JEnna / CAitlyn JEnna – ugly man, ugly lady. SHOulda gone fo’ da’ herma-fa-dite! LEast d’is way ya coulda [email protected]#k’d yo-self!

        • Rose Dailey on April 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

          pure trash, soooo messed up. cant understand 1/2 of what your saying but it cant be good. hipster nigga thinks hes funny with his stolen ipad.

          • ShineT on April 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

            What the H—?

      • Valica96 on May 1, 2016 at 12:55 pm

        Yes, I to realize Cupcake always here posting

  3. Tamika Norwood on April 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    This is rape, they should send those police officers to prison so they will know what it feels like to have their butt played with

    • Sol Rothstein on April 17, 2016 at 1:30 am

      Why would you advocate or believe going to prison is a plausible reason to be raped. Tamika Norwood, you can catch a rape charge in prison easier than out of prison.

      This notion/acquiescence, that men need to be raped in prison needs to stop. Do you think it’s okay to talk about RAPING WOMEN? If not, then stop talking like it’s okay for men to be raped in prison.

      Black people and their ignorance, what can you do.

      • B Trap BB on April 17, 2016 at 11:45 pm

        It aint that deep…fake azz,,,MLK.

        • Sol Rothstein on April 18, 2016 at 12:50 pm

          Then why reply back…so PIPE DOWN…clown!

      • SuperHappyCow on April 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

        It’s not black people, it’s everyone, chief.