I don't know whether any of you got the news about the 82 year old woman who was tasered by the cops here in Chicago, but when I tell you she was taken down by police officers on a mission to do a wellness check, you can no doubt understand my interest.
Apparently a city agency went to her house to check up on her. It sounds like a family member might have been worried and/or too lazy to do it themselves. The folks who showed up on her doorstep could see her through her front window brandishing a hammer in a threatening manner. At this point, I would have simply checked the box marked YES she is alive and left. Clearly if she could wield a hammer standing in the window, she wasn't incapacitated or in need of emergency help.
Perhaps she felt the hammer would emphasize that she wanted them to go away. Perhaps she just didn't want to let them in her house because she didn't know who they were and frankly wasn't in the mood for company.
The people from the agency didn't go away because they are bureaucrats. They called the cops. The cops arrived to help. They didn't bring a warrant I might point out. At this point, I guess the lady answered the door for the cops who then forced their way in. In fact they admitted that they forced their way in.
Did I mention that NOBODY HAD A WARRANT? And this intrusion was supposedly about a wellness check?
Needless to say, said 82 year old lady was afraid for her life so she started swinging her hammer another time to protect herself, which scared the cops, who blasted her with a taser.
There was one phrase in the story that supposedly justified all this asinine treatment of a poor old woman -- she apparently has a history of schizophrenia. As if you have to be schizophrenic to not want the cops or strangers to come into your house.
Time to call the ACLU. Old people have rights too. So do old people who are considered crazy.
And yes, the new Office of Professional Standards is investigating.