The family of the 65-year-old military vet is now suing for wrongful death, among a litany of other abuses perpetrated by the Veterans Affairs Police in May of 2011.
According to Courthouse News Service, military veteran Jonathan Montano had had a shunt put in his arm and had waited for dialysis at his local VA facility in California for four hours. The man was tired of waiting, so he told the nursing staff that he wanted to leave and go to another VA facility where he could get dialysis. He told his wife to get the car, and he would meet her at the hospital’s exit. He wanted to leave the shunt in his arm so that the staff at the other VA hospital wouldn’t have to do it all over again.
So, his wife went out to get the car and brought it around to the hospital exit doors and waited for him, but he didn’t come. She went inside to see what was taking so long, and the nursing staff told her that her husband had fallen and had suffered a stroke.
A more honest nurse came to Mrs. Montano and told her that that was only partially true. The lawsuit, as reported by Courthouse News Service, recounted what the nurse witnessed:
“In response to Jonathan Montano’s attempt to leave the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, California, the nursing staff called VA Police Department to stop Jonathan Montano from leaving the hospital.
“The summoned VA Police Department police officers then stopped Jonathan Montano from leaving the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, by tackling him to the floor, slamming his head on the floor, and kneeing and stomping on his neck, and otherwise brutalizing and restraining him.
“This kneeing and stomping on his neck by the VA Police Department police officers caused the dissection of his carotid artery, that resulted in immediate (or very soon thereafter) blood clotting, which resulted in [his] suffering a stroke. Moreover, the brutalization of Jonathan Montano resulted in him suffering other serious physical injuries, and associated physical, mental and emotional pain, suffering and distress.” (Parentheses in complaint.)
Norma Montano, wondering why her husband had not come to the car, went inside to look for him. Inside the hospital, she says, “she was told by a member of the nursing staff that Jonathan Montano suffered a stroke,” and was in the emergency department.
When she sought him there, “she was told by the emergency room doctor that her husband had fallen down and suffered a stroke, an untrue statement,” she says in the complaint.
It continues: “Later on, one of the nurses at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda took Norma Montano aside, and told her that her husband didn’t fall, but was slammed to the ground by the VA Police, that Norma Montano was being lied to, and that it wasn’t right what the VA Police did to Jonathan Montano.
Montano died a couple weeks later after his stroke that was very possibly tied to the police’s actions towards him. Secret waiting lists and police brutality are just a couple things we can all look forward to as “free” government healthcare takes over.