Police in Issaquah, Washington are accused of breaking the neck of a 65-year-old man with Alzheimers, Wang Shen Leng, in August 2018. Leng was hospitalized and died in September 2018.
The coroner ruled Leng’s death a homicide, but the police department refuses to comment.
The police report says officers were answering a noise complaint call and that Leng — who only spoke Chinese — was “waving his arms and yelling” in his home;; when police handcuffed him, the cops said he “went limp,” notes KIRO.
Harry Williams, an attorney for Leng’s family, said the police used excessive force:
The police proceeded to come in, to separate the two, and to force Mr. Leng down onto the couch — pushing on his neck in such a way that it ended up breaking his neck.
A healthy person, who that morning had walked to the Issaquah Community Center.And after an interaction with police, someone who was never conscious again and died a month later,
A neighbor of Leng, Jim Lemming, said he called 911:
When I heard real heavy banging is when I called 911 without knowing what was going on, I figured better safe than sorry. Sad the way ended, everyone has 20/20 hindsight.