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Cops Mistake Innocent Man’s Seizure for a Crime, Beat Him So Bad He Was Hospitalized for Days

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El Paso, TX – A man who was beaten by police while he was having a seizure is now facing charges from the incident. Javier Ortega Jr. was driving home one night when he had a seizure behind the wheel and crashed his vehicle.

Ortega stopped at a gas station just before the crash but doesn’t remember anything after that.

“I stopped at the Circle K just up the street. I don’t remember what I put. To this day, I don’t remember what I put. I had to check my bank account,” Ortega said.

When police arrived on the scene, they assumed that Ortega was drunk and became immediately aggressive with him.

In the police report, the officer said Ortega was “looking around aimlessly and appeared disoriented.”

Ortega was confused and began telling the officers that he needed to leave, at which point they began to get more aggressive with him, assaulting him, and using both their batons and tasers on him.

“His complete body was bruised. His arms, his legs, his feet, his back. And he had the two Taser shots on his stomach, his head, his broken fingers,” Ortega’s mom, Olaya Calanche said.

Dr. Darine Kassar, a neurologist at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, explained that Ortega was in a “postictal phase” of his seizure when he was met by police.

“They will not know what happened, they will be confused, they will be disoriented. What happened they can be combative they can be not following commands because they are confused, they are not back to their normal baseline,” Kassar explained.

“Don’t try to restrain them or be aggressive with them because they are still not back to their normal selves,” she added.

Ortega said that if he is told that he just has a seizure, he is able to bring himself back to reality quickly.

Paramedics said that Ortega was able to “voice his seizure history but remained confused, alert to name only.” However, the police seemed to ignore his medical condition.

“People around me typically know, he just had a seizure, he just had a seizure. So the cops didn’t know and in turn, I got beat up. I got beat up pretty bad,” said Ortega

To add insult to injury, Ortega was charged with DWI resisting arrest, evading arrest and interfering with public duties. After a toxicology screening had revealed that there were, in fact, no drugs or alcohol in his system, the DWI charge was dropped, but the other charges remain.

“I know I didn’t do anything wrong, you know. I’m not that type of person. I’ll get pulled over and talk very courteously to any cop. I have cop friends. That really upset me because how, why do I have a felony citation and two misdemeanor citations and then I find out they’re trying to give me a DWI,” Ortega said.

Ortega’s case highlights the fact that police unnecessarily escalate situations by assuming that every person they encounter is a criminal.

“I hope that they know that this stuff happens to people. It’s not, not everybody’s bad. Not everybody’s out there trying to get drunk and partying, acting like a fool. Some people are actually sick,” said Ortega.


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  • Montely Wilson-Bey

    Where’s the #AllLivesMatter clowns?

  • John and Linda Robel

    THE WORST PART IS BEING FORCED AT GUN POINT TO PAY TAXES TO FUND THESE SONS OF BICHES. VIVA LA REVALUCION

    • jamesawyatt

      IT IS FOREVER HOPED THAT ONE OR MORE LAW FIRMS WILL RISE TO THE OBVIOUS NEED AND COME INTO BEING THAT WILL RELENTLESSLY UNDERTAKE THE FILING OF SUITS AND NOT
      ONLY AGAINST THE INVOLVED JURISDICTION AND THE INDIVIDUAL ROGUE COP OR COPS BUT ALSO THOSE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THE HIRING OF THE COP OR COPS; THE IMPRESSION ALWAYS BEING THAT THESE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HIRING AND THUS ARE AS GUILTY AS THE INVOLVED ROGUE COP(S) & THEY HAVE TO BE FACED WITH THE HARSH REALITY BY HAVING LEVIED AGAINST EACH AND EVERY OFFENDER HUGH AWARDS/FINES; NOT JUST LEVIED ON THE JURISDICTION, I.E. THE CITY, COUNTY, STATE OR FEDS . . . BUT ALSO AGAINST EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL INVOLVED IN THE HIRING WITH LITTLE OR NO VETTING . . . AS WELL AS THE ROGUE COP OR COPS THEMSELVES AS THAT INDIVIDUALLY ; THE AWARDS TO BE PAID OUT OF POCKET BY THE INDIVIDUALS’; THEIR INDIVIDUAL PRORATED AWARD SHARE PAYMENT REQUIRED TO BE MADE OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS

      AND ONLY A PRORATED SHARE BY THE JURISDICTION AS WHAT THE JURISDICTION PAYS WILL INVARIABLY COME OUT OF THE POCKETS OF THAT JURISDICTION’S TAX PAYERS UNLESS THAT IS BY SOME MEANS PROHIBITED.

      STIFF PENALTIES IN THE FORM OF HUGE FINANCIAL JUDGEMENT AWARDS SHOULD GO A LONG, LONG WAY IN FOSTERING AN AWARENESS BY THESE WHO HAVE ESCAPED
      ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SO, SO LONG OF THE POTENTIALLY VERY EXPENSIVE FOLLY OF THEIR IRRESPONSIBLE ACTIONS WHICH RESULTS IN SO MUCH SUFFERING AND MANY TIME
      CRIPPLING INJURIES AND/OR DEATH.

  • Dee Stach

    They won’t drop the other charges because if they do it will too easy to sue them for civil rights violations.

  • Kay

    I went to the El Pado Police Departments Facebook page and wrote my rant on this gave them a 1 star rating. Asked that they drop all charges.

  • dufas_duck

    Only policemen can use stroke or diabetic shock as a reason for being disoriented and ‘out of it’… Citizens are not allowed to have medical conditions of any kind on pain of getting beat or killed by the police. Depression is always a good way to get killed by the police as attested by how many suicidal people have been helped to the grave by the ‘Protect and Serve’ crowd….