Leroy Duffie's Ordeal - Ridiculed, Beaten, Humiliated. Police forced Leroy Duffie, an innocent, double-leg amputee, to get out of his car at gunpoint, with hands up, then beat and ridiculed him as "a cripple crawling around," the African-American minister claims in court.
Leroy Duffie claims Lincoln city police handcuffed and beat him and left him lying on the street for half an hour before they finally "removed the handcuffs and allowed the plaintiff to crawl under the van to retrieve his prosthetic legs." Duffie sued the City of Lincoln in Lancaster County Court.
Duffie describes himself in the lawsuit as "an African American ... with a diagnosis of depression and post traumatic stress disorder and ... a double amputee with prosthetics." He says Lincoln police pulled him over for no discernible reason on Sept. 3, 2011. http://www.sott.net/article/265593-Double-amputee-sues-Nebraska-city-and-the-police-he-says-brutalized-him
Gregory Williams - Brutalized, Humiliated and Tasered.
YouTube video http://youtu.be/Qeme9Oj1PKg
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Gregory Williams is a double amputee in a wheelchair. He filed a civil lawsuit against a Merced police officer who tased him during a confrontation in September of 2009. Police were called to Williams' home during a domestic dispute.
A video obtained by the Merced Sun-Star shows Williams in handcuffs on the ground during the arrest. His attorneys said Officer John Pinnegar used a 50,000 volt Taser on Williams before humiliating him by leaving him outside with his pants falling down and his genitals exposed.
A civil trial at the Federal courthouse in downtown Fresno ended in a hung jury: four to four.
UPDATE (June 13, 2013) A grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against a Houston police officer who fatally shot a double amputee in a wheelchair last fall, a shooting that spawned nationwide criticism and renewed calls locally for more accountability of law enforcement. HPD officer Matthew Marin shot and killed Brian Claunch on Sept. 22, 2012, after the mentally ill man threatened his partner with a ball point pen, police have said. Claunch suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and lived in a care home for the mentally ill. Marin also killed another citizen in 2009.
Fighting Hostility Against Handicapped People
Condolences to family and friends of Brian Claunch, and best wishes for successful justice quests of Leroy Duffie and Gregory Williams. Although this writer did not read that Mr. Williams has mental illness like Claunch and Duffie, bouts of depression are common for double amputees. People with mental and physical handicaps, and even the elderly, are often victimized by police officers in the United States. Hitler called people with such conditions "useless eaters." They were rounded up, interned in camps, and killed in Nazi Germany before minorities were slaughtered in the quest to build a "perfect race." Please don't be Nazi, America.
My brother, Larry Neal, was a lifelong schizophrenic heart patient who was killed after 18 days of secret arrest in Memphis Shelby County Jail in 2003. While he was incarcerated, police lied to his family and social worker and denied having him in custody although he had suffered numerous arrests in that "correctional" facility because of his mental dysfunction. His missing person report, fingerprints, and contact information for his family and social worker were on file. My family is denied any explanation, records or investigation to determine how police killed Larry. Citizens with mental and physical dysfunctions are often treated like "useless eaters" in America, too.
The fact that the public needs to be better educated regarding police terrorism, brutality, and murders of our physically and mentally disabled relatives and neighbors is clear when one considers that Williams' jury was unable to reach a consensus and the grand jury did not indict Officer Marin for Claunch's death. Hundreds of thousands of people withstood foul weather to protest animal abuse and signed petitions for justice for Michael Vick's dogs who were brutalized and killed, but they have less sympathy for disabled people who are similarly victimized.
Only through education will the public come to understand that some police officers have a propensity to ignore the human and civil rights of handicapped people, and their administrators help them escape accountability in order to avoid negative publicity and save money on wrongful death and police brutality civil actions. Many people tend to look at each case of abuse as an isolated incident rather than recognizing the abuses and murders of mentally and physically disabled people as being systemic discrimination and hate crimes that cruelly deprive citizens of their right to life and liberty based on their health status.
Wikipedia describes "hate crimes" as follows:
In both crime and law, hate crimes (also known as bias-motivated crimes, or race hate) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain social group. Examples of such groups include but are not limited to: racial group, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender identity.
Hate crime is a category used to describe bias-motivated violence: "assault, injury, and murder on the basis of certain personal characteristics: different appearance, different color, different nationality, different language, different religion."
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Mary Neal, director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill
sister of murdered mentally ill heart patient - Wrongful Death of Larry Neal (covered-up police murder)
director of Dog Justice for Mentally Ill