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Virginia placed James at Miller's Merry Manor only a few months ago. Two weeks ago, Virginia got a call her husband was in the hospital.
She was told he had an episode. When she got to him, a nurse told her a Peru police officers used a stun gun on him inside the senior facility. Virginia said the stun gun was used on her husband five times for a total of 31 seconds.
“He had the hide ripped off his hand. His whole hand was just ripped, bleeding. He had a black eye. He had bruises on this hand. He had marks on him," Virginia said.
Originally posted by WeRpeons
reply to post by tw0330
I'm not justifying what the police did was right, but an older cousin of my wife had Alzheimer's so bad that he chased a few of his family members with a knife. Not all Alzheimer's patients become violent, but I guess some of them can really change and become a threat to the people around them.
Originally posted by Shadow Herder
reply to post by cassiper
This is a human condition by the way. whether you are a cop, doctor or family, people like hurting the weak.
An officer with the Peru Police Department who was investigated for using a stun gun on an Alzheimer’s patient in June could be fired, after the police chief recommended he be terminated Monday.
Peru Police Chief Steve Hoover recommended to the Peru Public Board of Works that Officer Gregory Martin be terminated after an internal investigation into the incident was completed.
In the early morning hours of June 17, police arrived to the Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home in reference to 64-year-old James Howard, who has an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s. According to the police report, nursing home staff called 911 around 4:45 a.m. after Howard became "combative" and "struck several employees."
Officers reported Howard did not listen to several of their commands, so one of them fired a stun gun at him. The report said officers "Tased" Howard three times despite, according to his wife, being told that he has advanced stage Alzheimer’s and cannot interpret or follow orders.