“Why in the world would they do this to a 70-year old guy?”
When dealing with police, the average person is always guilty until proven innocent. Apparently this rule even applies to senior citizens who are experiencing medical emergencies.
On January 4th of this year in San Antonio a 70-year old diabetic was brutally assaulted by police at a traffic stop because they had suspected him of being drunk. However, the man was not drunk, but was actually feeling ill and experiencing a diabetic attack.
70 year old Thomas Mathieu was spotted by police while he was stopped in a turn lane, and they immediately thought the worst.
When they approached the vehicle, Thomas was not speaking coherently and seemed very tired, but according to witnesses was showing textbook symptoms of a diabetic experiencing blood pressure issues.
The police unfortunately waited to check whether or not the man was a diabetic, until after they thoroughly stomped him into the ground, causing injuries to his face, head, arms, and torso. Thomas also had three of his ribs broken in the scuffle.
He said the last thing that he could remember was pulling over to the side of the road because he felt that his blood sugar level was getting low.
Mathieu said that, “I don’t know what happened from there on, I woke up with my face in the ground.”
“I know officers are trained how to deal with diabetic situations but apparently there was no recognition of that situation here,” he added.
The story has actually received some local media coverage, because a member of this mans family is a local reporter for “News 4 San Antonio“.
The officers claim that they were merely trying to get the poor man out of the drivers seat, however, the dash cam footage shows that Mathieu posed no threat to other drovers. The footage showed that as soon as police did not receive immediate obedience from Mr. Mathieu, they became hostile and aggressive to the point of a blind a rage.
After dragging the poor man off camera, one officer can be heard saying “Why were you sleeping behind the wheel, sir? And when we asked you to get out you didn’t get out. Why?”
An internal investigation determined that excessive force was not used by the officers and they were cleared of any charges.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.
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