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Police Brutalize Alzheimer’s Patient

Posted in Local with tags , , on July 18, 2011 by policestaterising

“Arnold Goodhile is a 76-year-old retiree who was diagnosed several years ago with Alzheimer’s disease. During the week, he spends three days in adult day care at the Dodge Park Rest Home, while Cindy arranges to work from home on the other two days so she can care for him.”

“It was 6:30 a.m. July 7 when Arnold walked past his wife in the kitchen and out the door, holding a six-inch fishing knife in its leather sheath. Cindy followed him and asked where he was going. He didn’t respond and continued down the driveway and around the corner. He headed the 50 yards toward the nearby Goodhile’s Market, a family business founded by his grandfather in 1927.

Arnold is frail and has never been aggressive, Cindy said, but she worried about what could happen if someone saw him walking around with a knife. So she called police. She gave the dispatcher her name and address and said that her husband has Alzheimer’s disease and had just left the house with a small knife. Then she, too, walked to the store.

Arnold, meanwhile, went into Goodhile’s and briefly conversed with a clerk. Then he went outside to the parking lot; his family believes he was heading back home. Within moments, a Holden police officer pulled up, pointed his gun at Arnold and demanded he drop the knife. Because people with Alzheimer’s can’t always follow direction, Arnold did nothing. Two more officers showed up and also aimed their weapons at Arnold, shouting at him to drop the knife.

“The knife was still in its case,” Cindy said. “My husband just stood there. He didn’t know what was happening.”

When Arnold didn’t drop the knife, one of the officers came up behind him and struck him so hard with a baton that it broke the skin on his elbow and later required two stitches. Then he was hit on the back of his legs, at which point he dropped to the ground. He was quickly handcuffed face down and, according to Cindy, “dragged” across the parking lot to await the arrival of an ambulance. ”


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(Attribution: Worcester Telegram & Gazaette)