Monday, August 10, 2009

Elderly Alzheimer's Patient Bodyslammed by Police

First, it should be noted that Virginia Dodson, 84, was indeed wielding a knife when confronted by police. However, the frail Alzheimer's patient was doing so because she had an Alzheimer's-related dementia attack and used a knife to cut herself out of her seatbelt.

The incident occurred on the night of August 1st, at a Whitehall, Ohio Wal-Mart store. Left alone in the car by her daughter, Virginia Dodson couldn't remember why she was sitting alone in the car, and panicked. In that state, she was no longer able to remember how to unbuckle her seatbelt, and thus used a steak knife to cut herself out.

One has to wonder why she was left in the car, knowing she has Alzheimer's, with a steak knife available.

A woman, acting disoriented in a parking lot, holding a knife? Police were called, as you would expect. According to reports, Dodson did not drop the weapon when asked to, and a police officer disarmed her by using a pretty familiar move, twisting her arm so as to bodyslam her to the pavement.

Now, while some have said, why didn't they simply grab the knife away from her, if someone's waving a knife around, it's not easy to grab without getting cut yourself. On the other hand, you can imagine how such an event looks. In fact, you can see it, below.

The real culprit in this is the caregiver, who should never have left Virginia in the car alone. However, you can see after the incident that since the officer was white, albeit a woman, the situation quickly deteriorated and was given racial overtones from those witnessing it.
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7 comments:

Alan Rock Waterman said...

No, the "real culprit" in this is NOT the caregiver. The culprit is the police officer! Stop trying to excuse criminal behavior.

Anonymous said...

I agree Alan the police should have made a better decision. I don't believe it was racially motivated. I think it was the easiest thing for the officer to do instead of using her training and talking the woman down.

Anonymous said...

The officer did try to talk the woman down - have you ever tried to talk w/ someone with alzheimers? The care giver should have stayed with her.

When you have Alzheimer's Disease, the common person can't tell. There is no tatoo on the forehead that says "I get confused easily". This disease can make the most quite calm person violent in a matter of seconds. On the You Tube un-edit video - shows her fighting back. You can see her swinging her arm and kicking at the officer.

My guess - the officer under-estimated how light weight the woman was and used too much strenght to take her down.

My advice to the care giver - next time you go to wal-mart, get a sitter for your mother, or keep her with you.

roger said...

A woman, acting disoriented in a parking lot, holding a knife? Police were called, as you would expect. According to reports, Dodson did not drop the weapon when asked to, and a police officer disarmed her by using a pretty familiar move, twisting her arm so as to bodyslam her to the pavement.
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