The wife of a 78-year-old Missouri man has dementia, and the older man made the mistake of calling 911 for help when his wife knocked out one of their windows. The police came first and ended up beating up the older man, giving him a black eye and causing other injuries that required stitches. Robby Soave with the Daily Caller reported:
“I never had anybody jump on me for doing nothing,” said the man, Elbert Breshears of Humansville, Missouri, in a statement to KSPR 33.
The trouble began after Breshears called to get help for his wife, who suffers from dementia. He asked for paramedics to come provide assistance to her after she knocked out one of their home’s windows.
The Humansville police arrived first, however.
According to Breshears, an officer tackled him right away, and then barked at him to stand up.
“He told me to get up,” recalled Breshears. “I told him I couldn’t.”
Officers then threw him into a pile of gravel and sat on his back and head as they attempted to handcuff him. Breshears pleaded with the officers to get off him.
“I told them I can’t get my hands up to where you can handcuff me, if you let me up you can handcuff me,” he said. “I got no objection to being handcuffed.”
A doctor had to sew up his head and remove gravel from his wounds.
Breshears said that he has had trouble with police in the past. A spokesperson for the police declined an interview with local reporters, but did say that the man is facing charges for abusing his wife, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.
Breshears said the charges were ridiculous.
“I don’t hit my wife,” he said. “I’ve lived with the woman for 47 years. I love the woman.”
“I can’t help what she does,” he added, referring to her dementia.
The wife was taken away from her home and is now under professional care. Breshears plans to sue the police.
If he hadn’t called 911 in this situation, he would’ve gotten in trouble for “negligence.” So, he calls for medical help, and he still gets in trouble. He tries to help his wife, and he gets charged with “elderly abuse.” He gets beat up by police and gets charged with “assaulting a police officer.” He tries to comply with the police, two of whom were sitting on him, and he gets charged with “resisting arrest.” No wonder people are wary of calling 911 for anything these days.