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I was utterly aghast when I heard this story: a quadriplegic was unceremoniously dumped out of his wheelchair onto the ground at a jail when he was asked to stand up. He told the person behind the booking desk that he couldn't stand because he's a quadriplegic, after which one of the deputies walks behind him, grabs the wheelchair handles, tilts the chair forward and dumps him onto the ground.

Yeah! And it was all caught on tape. This, of course, like most bad things of a hellish nature, happened right here in paradise, Florida at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. Brian Sterner is the quadriplegic here. He was brought in on a traffic violation which he doesn't deny. (He can drive, apparently.)

Here's a link to the story: click here to read about the quadriplegic being abused in the Hillsborough Co. jail in Florida


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Feb. 17th, 2008 11:49 am (UTC)
Whoa, that is sickening. These kind of incidents make us feel so helpless, don't they? They're really not uncommon over here. In fact, I've lost track of the number of stories like this that I keep hearing on a daily basis, but that doesn't mean they don't shock me anymore.
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
It is by far the worst aspect of my job. Occasionally a story will come along that actually jerks my attention away from my job long enough to make me lose my place and make a mistake. I'm not afraid to admit it either: if such stories didn't grab my attention like that you probably wouldn't want to know me. I hope I don't ever become so desensitized that I stop being moved by stories like that.
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