Instead of the Ambulance She Needed, This Woman Got Assaulted By Cops After Dialing 9-1-1 | The Free Thought Project
“I was having seizures, going in and out of consciousness, I did not even understand where I was. I called 9-1-1 crying, begging for help. Instead, multiple police showed up, no medics, or ambulance …
When police saw Andrea having a seizure, they attempted to arrest her for public intoxication, but while they where trying to grab her, her body was convulsing and flailing around, making it difficult for them to get a hold on her. The police considered this “resisting arrest”, and then proceeded to use excessive force on the woman, leaving large bruises all over her face.Andrea was later booked and charged with battery against a police officer, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
After her arrest, Ms. Starr was taken back to the jail, where she was continually assaulted by police while having seizures.
Too many 911 dispatchers, police, prosecutors and judges don’t want to know anything about epilepsy, and don’t want to. They don’t care that returning troops with brain injuries represent a virtual epilepsy epidemic.
It’s just so damn much easier to pretend to protect and serve than it is to actually protect and serve. The pay’s the same for pretending as it is for serving.
This apparently took place in Pismo Beach, which means that battery and beleaguering of a disabled person committed by ignorant dispatcher(s), officers, prosecutors and a judge ought to be immediately addressed by California’s governor and attorney general.
Without anyone having to ask.
After this woman is made whole – BY THE ACTUAL PARTIES THAT HARMED HER – mandatory statewide training about epilepsy of all California first responders and prosecutors should be conducted immediately.
The American Bar Association should have already made every practicing attorney aware of that epilepsy doesn’t always look like Hollywood says its does, but they, too, find it far easier to merely pretend they’re of value to the the public. Why the American Medical Society hasn’t taken umbrage with the American Bar Association over criminalizing epilepsy, diabetes, deafness, mental illness, etc., is anyone’s guess.