Woman Cuffed and Struck for Leaving Hospital

September 16, 2009 at 9:01 pm 1 comment

Apparently if you are diagnosed as mentally ill and check yourself into the hospital for physical pain and infection you damn well better stay there — at least in Portland Oregon. Anne Marie Hartwick, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, PTSD and a personality disorder was taken by ambulance from the Central Library in downtown Portland to OHSU’s hospital suffering from intolerable pain and infection brought on by her cocktail of psych drugs. When she didn’t receive care in a reasonable amount of time and had been away from her medication for three hours, she blew up at staff and stormed out, at which point she was tackled, cuffed and beaten.

“That’s when they tackled me and threw me to the ground,” Hartwick said.

In the incident reports, two officers said they witnessed another officer deliver “focus blows to Hartwick”. The officer in question said in a supplemental report that Hartwick was “handcuffed, [and] struck by focused blows” on the pavement outside the emergency room. Then in a car Hartwick was struck by “a closed fist to the right side” of her face.

“The first punch landed to the left side of my mouth,” Hartwick said. “The second punch landed to the right side of my mouth. The third punch was when I was already in the car, and it landed on my left cheek.”

… “I was handcuffed the whole time,” she said.

What kind of people repeatedly hit a handcuffed woman, mentally ill or not — a person who came to a hospital by ambulance already in pain? I cannot make sense of people’s actions. I suppose she was supposed to pull up a seat and make herself comfortable for a few more hours and get the appropriate level of treatment for a mentally ill patient.

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1 Comment

  • 1. KHorn  |  September 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “What kind of people repeatedly hit a handcuffed woman, mentally ill or not — a person who came to a hospital by ambulance already in pain?”

    Cops.


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