A Nevada city will pay a diabetic man $158,500 after police beat him while he was in diabetic shock, thinking he was a drunken driver. The Henderson, Nev., city council approved the settlement on Tuesday for the physical and emotional distress endured in late 2010 by the man, who asked not to be identified. “It’s alarming and it’s egregious,” the man’s attorney, Todd Moody, told ABC 13 Action News. “It will make you a little sick to your stomach watching it.”
I find it shocking that police can’t distinguish diabetic shock from drunkenness. Namely, the absence of the smell of booze should at least give them pause to consider other causes. Why the rush to beat? A touch of innate cruelty? Why beat him even if he was drunk? It’s pretty easy for a couple of cops to control a stumbling drunkard.
The video showed that once the car was pulled over, police officers swarmed the driver and began kicking him. “Stop resisting motherf****r. Stop resisting motherf****r,” an officer yelled as the man lay on the ground. However, the man was not drunk – he was suffering a diabetic episode. Insulin shock can mimic the symptoms of intoxication. “They should have been aware of that,” Moody told ABC 13. “They should have been trained on how to handle that and I think they made some assumptions that were wrong.”
Later in the video, the officers appeared to realize the man wasn’t drunk and called for medical help. “We found some insulin in his pocket,” said an officer. “Tell them to expedite. He’s semi-conscious.”
Idiots. Far too interested in exerting authority than either protecting or serving.