The Sun-Times has great coverage of the beating handed out by Stroger Hospital guards to a 75 year-old recovering stroke victim. This story is simply outrageous:
The FBI is investigating an incident in which a 75-year-old Chicago man who recently recovered from a stroke was dragged from his car by Stroger Hospital security guards.Lost the phone? They better find the phone quickly, or the state's attorney should charge them with conspiracy and interfering with a criminal investigation.
They ordered him to move, but also began asking about his ethnicity and citizenship, his wife told the Chicago Sun-Times. When he reached for his wallet, the guards opened the door and ripped him from the car, the wife said.
[Commissioner] Maldonado said Sotomayor did not immediately respond to officers' requests for ID because he is slow from a stroke.
"But then he gets pulled out and thrown on the ground? The guy started crying, freaking out," Maldonado said.
Also an issue, Maldonado said, is a camera cell phone that one witness reportedly used to document the incident -- and which hospital guards say is now lost.
Dr. Daniel Winship, who runs the county's hospitals, said: "If true, this is an outrageous incident." He said hospital security officers will undergo sensitivity training.
And how about Dr. Winship's response? "If true"? Sensitivity training?? How about "We do not drag 75 year old stroke victims out of their car and beat them because we do not like the color of their skin" training?
UPDATE: The editors over at the Sun-Times certainly aren't doing Todd Stroger any favors with this headline: