A Humansville, MO resident got some inhumane treatment from his local police department. Elbert Breshears, 78, called for an ambulance when his wife, who suffers from dementia, was having an episode. The police arrived first and things heated up in a hurry. The video has some commentary that lasts for 14 seconds, it isn’t me but that was the only version of the video available on YouTube.
Breshears details how he and his wife were standing at the edge of his yard, next to the road, talking and waiting for the ambulance to arrive. Her episode involved her waving an arm and calling for help. She was doing that when the police showed up and her husband had his back to the direction the officers came from.
Breshears said he was holding on to his wife’s right arm, talking to her when suddenly an officer knocked him to the ground. The officer then told him to get up, and Breshears said he told the officer that he couldn’t.
Breshears reports that the officers then took him, one by each arm, lifting him up and throwing him into a gravel area. He said one of the officers sat on his back, at waist level and the other sat on his head.
They were trying to handcuff him and he says he told them he can’t physically get his arms into that position, if they’ll let him up they can cuff him, saying “I’ve got no objection to being handcuffed,” he just can’t get there from the position he was in.
That’s when the paramedics arrived and the couple was transported to the hospital. Breshears had to have gravel dug out of his head at the hospital and required stitches.
Breshears says, “I didn’t know what to think, I’ve never had nobody come up on me for doing nothing. You can’t talk to the officers, they won’t talk to you.”
As if to prove his point, the reporter then details how she attempted to speak with both the police chief and the mayor and neither would talk to her. She was able to speak to the police chief on the phone; he restricted his comments to a statement of the charges against Breshears: Elder Abuse, Refusing Arrest, and Assaulting a Police Officer.
Mr. Breshears told the reporter, “I don’t hit my wife, I’ve been with her forty something years, I love the woman. She can’t help what she does.” He continued, “That’s what I was trying to do was do my job, and this is what I got for it.”
Breshears is looking for a lawyer to press his case against the city.