Brickbat: That's Sick

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, Sheriff Robert Garcia says he will look into why deputies handcuffed a woman suffering a diabetic attack and left her on the ground. Revina Garcia had been in a minor automobile accident and did not respond to deputies when they arrived on the scene. They smashed out the windows of her vehicle, dragged her out, handcuffed her and left her face down on the pavement for about a minute before placing her in a patrol car. Deputies said they believed she was intoxicated.

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  • JidaKida||

    I dont get it some times, makes no sense dude.

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  • ||

    Minor correction: that wasn't a woman - just Sugarfree doing "research"

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    The link is hosed, and I believe this happened some time ago, a month or two.

  • Ted S.||

    That's fairly recent for a Charles Oliver brickbat.

  • Live Free or Diet||

  • ||

    Sentence first! take that citizen!

  • Wind Rider||

    When a diabetic's blood sugar falls below 30-40 (normal about 100), they can appear intoxicated. But leave it to law enforcement to have such sensitive noses that they can sniff out drugs up someone's but, and totally miss that the diabetic doesn't smell like booze.

  • Rod Flash||

    Ketoacidosis is somewhat common in diabetics, and the ketone smell could easily be confused with alcohol, especially some of the nasty flavored rums and vodkas younger folks drink these days. So it's possible they did pick up the smell with their canine-quality nasal superweapons.

    Having said that, I still don't see the reason to drag her out of the car and handcuff her. But that's such a low level outrage these days it's barely worth noting. Which is sad.

  • Zeb||

    Even if she was passed out drunk, there is absolutely no reason to remove her from the car violently. Police action in such circumstances should have nothing to do with what someone might "deserve", only what is necessary to safely get the person out of the car. Almost as disturbing as this incident is that fact that a lot of people probably would think it was OK if she were drunk.

  • Jquip||

    It hardly matters what it could or couldn't be confused with. A cop isn't a chemistry lab. Nor is this sort of thing new.

    Years back, a bunch of us were out when one of us went into a seizure. Known problem, and we rushed him to the hospital, left him there, and I ran to grab his wife and daughter. When I got back to the hospital, 6 officer friendlies had decided it wasn't epilepsy, but drugs. They had handcuffed him to the bed and stood guard to keep the nurses and doctors away. Who were, quite soundly, incensed about the whole affair.

    No, wasn't New Mexico either.

  • ||

    Ketoacidosis comes with high blood sugar though. I'm guessing this woman's sugar was low, not high.

  • Paul.||

    This New Mexico, she should be thanking the stars she didn't get repeatedly enema'd.

  • Killaz||

    Even if she was intoxicated it is no excuse for an assault. Fuck those cops with a leper's dick to accelerate the internal rot already there. Utter scum of the earth.

  • Pinky||

    Next time make god damn certain the person you abuse is intoxicated! What kind of unprofessional thugs do they hire in New Mexico? Protect and serve, indeed!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Read the Police One comments. They're priceless.

  • Rod Flash||

    No. Today's a nice day, and I'm already on blood pressure medication.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Fuckin' apes

  • pan fried wylie||

    With the prevalence of diabetes these days, I'm really surprised at the lack of recognition by emergency personnel.

    I was diagnosed after an episode of diabetic ketoacidosis. Of course, when I arrived at the emergency room, they decided to run all sorts of MRIs and shit, to no avail.

    Eventually, one of the nurses smelled the ketones on my breath and THAT'S when they finally tested my blood sugar.

    With as cheap as blood glucose testing is, it should be a routine procedure on any less than obvious emergency room admission.

  • Alice Bowie||

    We need cameras on the officers for all legal contact.

    The person being investigated and the individuals doing the investigation are all going to be at the best behavior if they know big brother is either watching or go back and review the video tape.

  • James Anderson Merritt||

    You know that old saying, "When all you've got is a cop, everyone looks like a perp."

  • ||

    I had a problem like this on a commuter train, I had a hypoglycemic reaction going to work and got on the wrong Metro North train and then kind of laughed (and probably mouthed off since that tends to happen with low blood sugar) when they came to take the tickets and told me the one that I had was no good. Next stop there were cops waiting to cuff me and throw me up against a wall (and eventually to the ground) while I kept laughing and repeating "dude, someone just get me a Pepsi". In the end they finally used my phone and called my wife who told them the exact same thing, and after I had my drink (I think it was Sprite actually) and was pretty much 100% fine they then told her that they could either check me into the hospital and she could leave work in Manahattan and travel out to the middle of Westchester to pick me up there and have me released, or they could arrest me for... something. Talk about fun choices! I remember being a little sad when my wife seemed more pissed at me than at them.

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