Saturday, December 26, 2015

What Happened To Barbara Dawson?

Florida woman was removed forcibly from the hospital. She would die upon the removal.

It seems like those in law enforcement continue to get a bad rap. And it seems like every time a Black person is killed in police custody, the concern trolls often blame the victim for their deaths. Conservatives often claim that #BlackLivesMatter is a group that supports the murder of cops. They claim that the deaths of Blacks at the hands of other Blacks is ignored by the protesters. They even concern troll the protesters and try to gin up faux outrage over issues that weren't covered by them.

In the case of the Knoxville, TN teen who killed in gang violence, conservatives started this concern trolling about the president and BlackLivesMatter/Campaign Zero activist DeRay McKesson arne't concerned with the deaths of Black victims. Zaevion Dobson became the topic of the week when he sacrificed himself to a hail of bullets saving his teenage friends. The president will likely address Zaevion in the State of the Union in January.

The deaths of many Blacks in the custody of police give the sense of no hope. It gives Blacks the notion that even in the hands of the law, they're in danger. The law doesn't see a Black person as a victim, they see them as suspects. Conservatives and White extremists are often like this as well.

They concoct statistics about Black criminal behavior. They run this nonsense every time a Black is killed by a White person or law enforcement. It seems like that's the new norm beside the ongoing gun violence that plagues the country.

Okay, in Tallahassee, a woman who was apparently disruptive in a local hospital is restrained. A few hours later, she would die of heart failure.

The law says that 57-year old Barbara Dawson was being treated for breathing difficulties. According to the AP reports that Barbara collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she sought treatment for breathing difficulties, Blountstown police Chief Mark Mallory said Tuesday. An officer had arrested Barbara for disorderly conduct and trespassing, Mallory said.

Autopsy results should be released Wednesday, Mallory said. Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials have been called in to investigate, department spokesman Steve Arthur said. He declined to comment further.
The law restrains a woman . She dies of heart failure.
Mallory said the officer who arrested Barbara removed the handcuffs after she collapsed and escorted her back into the hospital.

"We were told by a doctor once she got back in the hospital that her vital signs were good and it was their decision to readmit her," he said. He said dashcam footage from the officer's car does not show the incident but does pick up the audio.

Hospital officials did not return telephone calls from The Associated Press on Tuesday night. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Ruth Attaway, administrator and CEO of the 25-bed hospital, said staff did everything they could for Barbara.

"They did their best trying to save her," Attaway said. "Our staff was very aggressive with her treatment."

While doctors initially thought Barbara was stable and should be released, she felt as if she still had breathing issues and wanted to stay, said Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks, who is representing Barbara Dawson's family.

"The most reasonable thing to do is to let her sit there and be able to settle down until she felt well. Instead, she is forcibly removed and put in cuffs," Parks said. "The early facts of this case should cause a great concern for everyone."

The Calhoun-Liberty County chapter of the NAACP held an emergency meeting Tuesday. Dale R. Landry, who is the regional vice president for the Florida State chapter of the NAACP, met with local leaders and the family.

Landry said he and others are glad state law enforcement officers are getting involved, "but we strongly believe the death was due to negligence by the police department and hospital."

World News Today sends our condolences to the family of Barbara Dawson.

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