Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Deputy suspended without pay after dumping man from wheelchair to "check his disability"

A news conference was held today in Tampa Florida about this incident. But a picture speaks a thousand words. Dumping someone on his face to check his disability is not only humiliating, but could result in serious injury or death. 

Brian Sterner, a quadriplegic for 14 years, was arrested on a traffic violation and received this debasing treatment. 

"He says a deputy looked at him and didn't believe he was a quadriplegic. She walked behind him, took the handles on the back of the hospital-grade wheel chair and dumped it forward.

Sterner says he tried to roll as he was going down, but hit so hard he thought he had broken two ribs. Then, while he was on the floor, deputies frisked him and tried to get him back into the chair.

Sterner says he told them how to pick him up and put him back into the chair, but because he can't feel anything from his breastbone down, he says he was injured and didn't know it. Sterner thought he had broken two ribs, but jail x-rays showed that wasn't true."

-via wzzm13.com

Investigations are ongoing, but the disturbing thing is no one in the upper echelon was even aware of this even though it happened last month.

"The Hillsborough Sheriff's Office didn't know anything about the incident until we showed them their own tape. Now an investigation is underway"

The article indicates it's a very active investigation. I bet.