Police departments are filled with veterans of war. We shouldn't be surprised that they therefore react to every stressful situation with extreme violence.
Perhaps it is time to fill our police roles with people that don't have this kind of background.
once the officers were told of the man's diagnosis they should have reacted differently. their standard do what I tell you or get roughed up and arrested should have been off the table.
they certainly can defend themselves but this was way beyond that. why carry a tazer if you aren't going to use it?
I normally give the police the benefit of the doubt but this is just bad police work. if you can't hire people who aren't out to smash people to the ground you had better train them... at least a little.
Lawsuit?!? Seize these felons and put them in CSP for at least twenty years! Be sure to include their superiors and everyone else involved in the filing of false criminal charges against the man they viciously attacked. Colorado Springs may not be viable.
Alzhemer's isn't "non existent" just because someone has a clear-headed moment. The nature of the illness is that you never know when a person is in the real world -- or isn't. With an aging population, law enforcement officials need to develop better plans for dealing with people with dementia.
No sympathy for this guy, and I'm usually not someone to side with the police. There are hundreds of examples of police abuse across the country in the last year, but this ain't one of 'em.
You have a neighbor, who is willing to have his first and last name printed, who witnessed the altercation and sides with the cops. You have indications that Schmeiler's Alzheimer's is either non-existent or not-always-present, meaning that he may have been in a clear-headed state when the incident occurred.
Listen -- there is no perfect solution to this problem. It seems very obvious from the story that Albert suffers from some sort of mental illness. Should the police have been notified of this? Yes, in a perfect world. But who should have told them? Do you want police to have medical records when they respond to every situation? Is that not a clear violation of the fourth amendment? And even so, then what? He looks like a big guy and he attacked a police officer. The fact that he suffers from some mental illness doesn't change that.
the officer gave an illegal order......the man had done nothing except tell him that he would defend himself.. (his right) the officer then assaulted the elderly man.....ya this does not bode well for C.S.P.D. but then their cops are twisted, double talking, false reporting Liars!!!
Here's more of your tax dollars wasted folks. Every time you run over a chuck-hole you can thank one of Pothole City's "finest".
Want to end excessive force by the Police? Pass a law that allows them to be PERSONALLY liable for use of excessive force; excessive force will disappear like the truth at a presidential debate.
Really sickened by the fact that, especially in "elder care calls" these young ex-military officers have no ear for family. It is not a war . . . .although they are making it so.
Pam Zubeck and J. Adrian Stanley are incredible!! You two are the only reason I continue to read the Indy!! Thank you so much for the hard work and great reporting!
Why isn't DA Dan May all over this guy for fraud and such, when he was soooo willing to prosecute MMJ patients who were just growing their medicine and not hurting anyone, when this guy has ruined people's lives???
What a dick bag. I heard his father in law has tons o' money and that's why he's not yet arrested. Rumors, but geez Louise, something is going on here.
Good story. You guys did actual reporting. Nice work.
Great article about a total scumbag. He should team up with Ted Cruz
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Thank you for sharing your story Shari and good luck in your poitical aspirations. I think Colorado voters would be lucky to have you as representation.
Super well written and researched, Matthew!
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No surprise the usual suspects attack the messenger but do not defend the facts presented. I don't have a problem per se with the money issue but the author is showing some pretty solid reporting balancing what was said versus what was done. Even if there are some "devil in the details" (pun intended) I think the author is right to point it out considering that Wommack should be held to a little higher standard and one that his entourage shouldn't have to answer.
None of that really matters perhaps. But you folks with your comments must either consider if AW is right or if Wes McKinnley is right whether someone was raised from the dead. This is the stuff that does matter. Or that he drove around in a car for a week without gas? Why would he say such nonsense? That someone gave him money for gas could be a miraculous incident. Sure. Happens all the time in the church. But to think that the lights still work in a church where the electric company turned the power off is as foolish as believing he drove his car around for a week with out gas.
This story about how "fact free" conspiracy nuts have poisoned the well in S.E Colorado helps us understand the appeal of Cliven Bundy and his sons as they advance their lunacy further to the west. I had read the story earlier and am glad the Indy picked it up.
Thank you for using the photo I shot of John Suthers.
Your article hit home Adrian!! #TheStruggleIsReal 💸😥
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