Police in Mesa, Arizona, took down an innocent 84-year-old grandmother face-first for not following their directions on Feb. 14.
The grandmother ended up in the hospital with bruises and cuts all over her body.
The cops were doing a wellness check at the grandmother’s house after their received a 911 call from the grandmother’s daughter, reports The Arizona Republic.
The daughter reportedly said she got a text that said her son had a gun and was sitting in a car in her mother’s driveway.
The daughter told the 911 operator about the senior’s fragile health:
She just had a stroke, but she can come to the door if they need her. She just doesn’t want this. She doesn’t want the police involved, and she can’t be stressed out like this.
The elderly woman’s family said that police originally told them that the stroke survivor had slipped and fallen, but recently-released police body cam video showed that to be a lie, notes The Arizona Republic.
In response to the video, Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista claimed on Facebook that his officers were trying to keep the grandmother out of harms way (when they slammed her to the ground face-first):
Please know that I understand why this situation was alarming. It’s critically important that our department symbolizes trust and faith, and that our residents know officers will do our very best, no matter the circumstances. We all have a mother and a grandmother who we love very much; their safety and well-being are always a priority.
Ashley Hahn, the woman’s granddaughter, posted pictures of the senior’s injuries — bruising to the arms and face — on Facebook with a caption:
On the night of Feb 14th, my sweet, 84 year old Grandmother was assaulted by Mesa Police Department. She is recovering from her 4th stroke & is confused, cognitively impaired & barely physically able to stand on her own because of uncontrollable shaking.
The police were called to her residence for a wellness check for a close family member who lives on her property. They were specifically asked not to bother or question my grandmother because of her present & very fragile state.
They forced her out of her home into the street, holding her arms tight enough to leave bruises and bleed. Her inability to hold still (because of her previous strokes, as seen in uploaded videos) inclined them to slam her down, head first on the asphalt.
They handcuffed her after she woke from her unconscious state. After seeing the damage they had done & sending my Grandmother off in an ambulance, they called my Mother (who made the original wellness check call) & told her that my Grandmother “slipped.”
The officer who came down to the hospital only seemed to care about deflecting & defending the officers involved. No accountability. No apologies. Then left her with a citation for obstruction.
She is traumatized & feels untrusting of the people who she thought would protect her. If this was your grandmother, what would you do?