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Eugene Wright of Meadville says police and medical workers got the wrong man when they transported him to the local hospital this summer and injected him with anti-psychotic drugs against his will, thinking he was someone else.
"The experience that I went through, this should never happen to anybody. It's very simple to check ID," said Mr. Wright, 63. "These people need to be held responsible."
But everyone refused to verify his identity, he said. And if he didn't cooperate, he said, the police officers threatened to hold him down so the drugs could be injected by a nurse. He didn't want to be restrained so, after 10 minutes of arguing, he let the nurse inject him.
The officer apologized to the daughter and left the hospital, according to the suit.
Mr. Wright said the hospital later apologized to him and gave him a $50 gift card for a restaurant. The crisis center also apologized and gave him a $25 Walmart gift card.
According to a federal civil lawsuit filed Wednesday, doctors injected Wright with Haldol, an antipsychotic medication and Ativan, which is used to treat anxiety disorders