Urgent medical attention following an arrest

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  1. JoakimFlorence

    JoakimFlorence Banned

    Jan 1, 2016
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    Many times, when police arrest someone, it is right after a situation where this same individual has been seriously injured and needs to go to the hospital. But instead of getting the medical attention they need, they are often times just thrown into jail to languish for 3 days before the initial appearance before a judge. The jail nurse may apply some bandages and put on some disinfectant, but the medical care is extremely limited. Very often the prisoner is not even provided anything to sleep on. So imagine this injured individual, in terrible pain, sleeping on a cold hard concrete floor, no blanket or pillow, like this continually for 2 or 3 days.

    There was a 64-year-old man in New Jersey who got into a fight with his wife and got stabbed in the neck. The police responded and happened to notice that there was more gunpowder being stored in the basement than legally allowed under State law (or so the police claimed, which is another matter). The police informed him they were placing him under arrest. The old man had to use his walker to even get to the police car.

    In another case there was a 25-year-old guy who was driving his motorcycle late at night, with his girlfriend on the bike behind him. They had just gone out to dinner at a nice restaurant where the guy had several glasses of wine. The guy made a sharp turn off a freeway onramp and the bike slipped and crashed. It had just been raining a little bit before so the road was a slippery. The two were able to walk away from the crashed bike but the guy had suffered serious lacerations on his arm and leg, and suffered severe injury to the tip of one of his fingers, completely losing the fingernail. A motorist who was driving by and saw that the bike had crashed dialed 911. Instead of an ambulance, the police came and arrested the guy. He was not drunk, but probably had a little bit more to drink than he should have. Because he had just been involved in a motorcycle crash 15 minutes ago, he was a little bit dazed and disoriented. He did not end up getting to the hospital until 4 days following the crash, after he was released on bail.

    The doctors in the hospital scrubbed out his wounds and gave him a brace for his finger. They told him he should have received medical attention earlier because it could have resulted in infection. While they were scrubbing out his wounds it was excruciatingly painful, but they the doctor claimed that if it wasn't done there could be gangrene, and ultimately that could lead to them having to amputate. The emergency room doctor seemed irked that the wounds had gone so long without being properly scrubbed and disinfected.

    Sick woman dies of dehydration in jail
    A 50-year-old woman, who being treated for a stomach illness, was arrested in the hospital for failing to pay court fines. In jail, she became too sick to eat and vomited all night. She was given a trash bag to vomit in, but was mostly ignored. Eventually she became too weak to even call for help. After 27 hours in the jail cell she died.

    Arizona Prisoner dies from Lung Cancer and gross neglect
    Ferdinand Dix had been sentenced to 6 years in Arizona state prison for drug crimes and forgery. The man also had lung cancer, and made multiple pleas for medical treatment. Instead of receiving proper attention, Dix was told to drink energy drinks. The cancer eventually moved to the rest of his body, severely impacting his liver and lymph nodes, and ultimately resulting in Dix’s death. A complaint alleges that Dix had been exhibiting signs and symptoms of lung cancer over a two-year period prior to his death. During this time the prisoner was seen by a physician only once, and that was only after Dix had been rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, only two weeks prior to his death. The prisoner had suffered gross medical neglect, and by the time he was finally taken to the hospital it was far too late. The hospital staff observed that Dix’s liver was grotesquely enlarged, 4 times bigger than a normal liver. During the last few months preceding his death Dix suffered horribly.

    Drunk driver involved in crash, was not given medical attention for injuries
    In 2014, Charles Brown, 41 years old, crashed his car. He had a prior misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence of alcohol earlier that year. Brown suffered four broken bones in his face, a concussion, and had a large cut on his face from a previous accident. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and given a blood test. Police officers came to the hospital and arrested Brown. He was then put in the drunk holding cell where he remained for several days and received no medical attention. Brown was eventually moved to the jail medical unit and given an antibiotic and ibuprofen, but his face continued swelling until one eye was closed and the other almost closed. When released from jail five days after his arrest, Brown's eye had to be lanced open to drain and to allow the tissue to regrow as it was beginning to die due to lack of circulation. Brown also suffered a torn rotator cuff that was not diagnosed at the hospital because he was unconscious and no one at the jail listened to his complaints or allowed him to see a doctor.

    Situations where the one being arrested needs urgent medical attention are incredibly common, but most of the time unless the injuries are incredibly serious (like a gunshot wound), the individual fails to receive it.

    I think society needs to take a closer look at how individuals who have been arrested are treated when they have just been involved in a situation that caused them to suffer injuries. Or when police go into a hospital to arrest someone who is already suffering from medical issues.
  2. Diuretic

    Diuretic Well-Known Member

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    I would have thought SOP would be to send them off for medical treatment immediately. That's what has to happen in my state. The police would be in huge strife if they refused someone medical attention whilst in custody or failed to have them transferred in custody to hospital.
  3. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Donor

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    A former Clackamas County jail inmate with a bowel condition claims that, despite his repeated pleas, he was denied medical attention and toilet paper and was severely punished when he caused a toilet to overflow.

    Kyle Bigbee claims the county and 14 Clackamas County Sheriff's Office employees violated his civil rights, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland.

    Bigbee had ulcerative colitis, which resulted in the removal and surgical reconstruction of his colon in 2002.

    Bigbee's condition "requires him to void his bowels frequently (about once every 90 minutes) and it causes very loose bowel movements consistent with diarrhea," according to the lawsuit.

    "The condition also requires Mr. Bigbee to consistently consume water, so that he does not suffer dehydration," the lawsuit said.

    Deputies arrested Bigbee on contempt of court charges on April 1, 2013. The charges were later dismissed.

    Bigbee claims the following occurred at the jail:

    He was placed in an isolation cell. A deputy ignored his request to make a phone call, to have a medical evaluation and to get some toilet paper.

    No one responded when he pushed an emergency button.

    Bigbee was transferred to another cell where the emergency button wasn't working. Deputies again ignored his requests.

    Bigbee used the toilet but "without toilet paper, he was forced to use his underwear to clean himself."

    "He placed his underwear in the toilet, which caused the toilet to overflow spreading feces on the floor of the cell," the suit says.

    Bigbee said he spent the next 28 hours in a high-security cell without a toilet, only a grate in the floor.

    Bigbee claims he was restrained for four hours in "a seated or kneeling position, and his arms extended out to his sides, and hands cuffed to rings on the bottom of the cell."

    Bigbee said he "was forced to void his bowels on himself and on areas of the cell" and spent many hours naked because he had no shirt "and his pants were soon soiled with feces."

    Bigbee said deputies taunted him, called him a crude name and refused to give him water for hours.

    A few hours before he was released at 9:30 p.m. on April 2, 2013, Bigbee was taken to the jail's medical facility for a shower and medical screening.

    After his release, Bigbee went to Oregon Health Science University, where he was treated for dehydration and nerve damage in his wrists.

    Clackamas County Counsel Stephen Madkour said that after receiving a tort claim notice from Bigbee in September 2013, the county investigated the incident.

    "As a result of that investigation we concluded that these claims were without legal merit and we will fully defend against these allegations brought against the county and our deputies," Madkour said.
    The Oregonian, 2015, article by Steve Mayes

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