Elderly man calls for ambulance, violent cops beat him instead


"An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him.

He later received stitches for his injuries.

The trouble began after Breshears called to get help for his wife, who suffers from dementia. He asked for paramedics to come provide assistance to her after she knocked out one of their home’s windows.

The Humansville police arrived first, however.

According to Breshears, an officer tackled him right away, and then barked at him to stand up.

“He told me to get up,” recalled Breshears. “I told him I couldn’t.”

Officers then threw him into a pile of gravel and sat on his back and head as they attempted to handcuff him. Breshears pleaded with the officers to get off him.

“I told them I can’t get my hands up to wear you can handcuff me, if you let me up you can handcuff me,” he said. “I got no objection to being handcuffed.”

A doctor had to sew up his head and remove gravel from his wounds."


A friend of mine had almost this exact scenario happen to him and his wife. Now I read about it happening elsewhere. Enough is enough! 

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Comment by Čenek Sekavec on April 25, 2014 at 2:37pm

It seems to me that the only time when it is ethically acceptable to use violence is in defense of yourself or someone else. 

I don't like it when a person injures another without cause. 

Police especially should be using restraint and good judgment. I think police response is almost always harsher than necessary. Society needs diplomacy not Wyatt Earp. 


Comment by Vincent on April 24, 2014 at 5:46pm

I do not understand this. Even as brutal and inept as police are so often accused of being I find it hard to credit that they'd act like this under such circumstances. It seems like there must have been more to the story. Some miscommunication? A dispatcher telling them that it was a domestic abuse call? If not this man and his lawyer(s) should make sure that he and his wife have no more financial worries at the very least.

Comment by Michael Penn on April 23, 2014 at 11:11am

Unless there is much more to this story than is being reported, I hope this man sues the police of his city and gets a very large settlement. This action against him is unheard of.

In my area of Missouri a local cop shot and killed an unarmed man after a high speed car chase. The cop was said to be 'justified," but I'm hearing now that he is long gone from the force, and that the mayor is angry. The cheif of police and the city clerk have now resigned also. Why would the mayor be angry? You can imagine that this killing is going to end up costing the city a lot of money.



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