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Friday, November 30, 2007

82 Year Old Black Grandmother Tased by Chicago Police

And you thought it could get no worst. Well check this out.

No justification for using Taser on grandma

Chicago cop's actions against mentally ill woman probed

Police allegedly used a Taser on 82-year-old
Lillian Fletcher when performing a well-bring check at her home.
(Tom Cruze/Sun-Times)

But that's what happened Oct. 29 when Chicago Police officers went to a West Side home to make a "well-being" check. The officers were responding to a request from the city's Department of Aging.

Apparently, the department had received an anonymous tip that Lillian Fletcher, who has a history of mental illness, was home alone and in need of assistance.

When Fletcher refused to open her door, police were called. Although Fletcher cracked the door, she still refused to let her visitors into the house.

But police officers wouldn't take no for an answer and pushed their way in. Fletcher ran and got the hammer she keeps beside her bed.

"My grandmother is easily confused," her granddaughter, Traci Taylor, said Monday. "She probably didn't know what was going on."

Taylor is one of her grandmother's caregivers. She said her grandmother has schizophrenia and dementia.

Normally Fletcher is looked after by a homemaker or by her own daughter and Taylor. Only recently did these women find themselves between homemakers.

"She can be belligerent," Taylor said. But she's 82 years old, 5 feet 1 inch and weighs no more than 160 pounds, she added.

"I just don't think they should be Tasing 82-year-old women. That's ridiculous."



Francis L. Holland Blog said...

It IS ridiculous!

Bernnie said...

Well, I agree than under normal circumstances a taser would be considered excessive force against an 82 year old. But I also agree that an 82 year old should not be swinging a hammer at the police.

bestonline323 said...

This is ridiculous! these "new nonlethal weapons" need to be taken away from these police officers. These LETHAL weapons have killed people and they have been misused!

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