Judge Rules Cops Beating Up Seizing Diabetic They Thought Was Drunk Is A-OKChris | InformationLiberation
Sep. 08, 2011
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Cops find a man experiencing a diabetic seizure, rather than call for medical help they chose to strike him with a baton and handcuff him, only because he started to bleed from his head, the cops decided to call paramedics. When the paramedics arrived, they found the man's diabetes card and administered treatment, the man stopped breathing, presumably in a preamble to dying, but the paramedics were able to revive him. The report states he died two weeks later of "natural causes." The man's estate sued the cops for their excessive force, but U.S. District Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen just ruled the officers were "entitled to forcibly remove him from his car" because "he did not comply with their command to get out on his own." A three-judge panel rubber stamped the Judge's ruling, so he won't even get to have a trial.
From Courthouse News:
CHICAGO (CN) - Indiana police officers do not have to stand trial for Macing and beating a man they thought was a drunken driver, but was actually diabetic and having a hypoglycemic episode, the 7th Circuit ruled.Note, the man was not "drunk driving," but was instead parked in a parking lot.
East Chicago police were dispatched to the scene. Officers Jesus Arceo and Timothy Leimbach, who were told that Clement was potentially intoxicated, found him slouched over in his car, which they said smelled like stale beer. Clement was not wearing a diabetic necklace or bracelet.Is beating people up who are experiencing seizures really necessary? The man was slumped over in his car before the cops decided to harass him.
When paramedics arrived 20 minutes later, they found Clement's diabetes card and administered an injection of dextrose. Clement stopped breathing, but was revived on his way to the hospital.Chalk this up as one more case of justice not served and agents of the state being above the law.