by Anniel 8/18/15
‘Middle aged Mentally Ill Woman Arrested after Attacking Officer. Admits Not Taking Meds’
That news item was played every hour for two days on Alaska Radio Stations. Talk shows devoted hours discussing the plight of the mentally ill and what can be done to make certain they take their meds as ordered, even if a judge has to make the doctor’s order official. It sounded like the woman was inflicting great harm to the officer and had to be handcuffed and placed in a cell for 12 hours. Bad, right?
Wrong. What the news should have said was: “100 pound woman arrested for having Parkinson’s Disease. Became upset when Officer grabbed her, threw her down, handcuffed her, and took away her purse with her Parkinson’s Medications. Locked up for 12 hours while begging for her meds.”
That is the true story. One of my sweet friend’s problems with Parkinson’s is that her voice becomes slurred, especially when she is upset. She got off the bus she was on and the driver decided she was acting “funny,” and called the police. When the cop approached her on the street she didn’t understand why and asked him not to touch her. He said she “shoved” him, and began “assaulting” him. Really? All 100 pounds of her? It had to be very frightening for him.
Having Parkinson’s does not mean one is mentally ill. Needing one’s meds and saying so should never have been reported in such a fashion.
Nothing that was reported was true. There, I got some of the anger off my chest.
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