The officer attacked a 64-year-old Alzheimer's patient multiple times with a taser, even after he was handcuffed.
In Indiana, a police officer tasered a naked, nursing home patient who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, Courthouse News reported.
The officer, Doug Martin had been called to Miller’s Merry Manor
nursing home after a 911 call was received requesting help in
transporting a patient who had hit his roommate, a nurse and nurse
Martin and his partner, Officer Jeremy Brindle entered the
Alzheimer's ward to find 64-year-old James Howard sitting in a chair,
stark naked and wearing only socks. The officers commanded that Howard
lie on a gurney. When Howard refused and advanced towards the officer,
Martin yelled, “taser” and zapped Howard five times for 31 seconds on
his naked torso.
Following complaints by Howard’s wife, Martin was fired for excessive
force and conduct unbecoming of an officer. Martin then took the case
further to the Miami Superior Court who overturned the decision.
Subsequently, the city of Peru, Indiana, and its police department