I've posted in the past about how some medical conditions can cause symptoms that imitate intoxication (see, for example, "Diabetes and the Counterfeit DUI"), resulting in the convictions for DUI of thousands of innocent people. In this case, it resulted in death…
Clement Probe Showing NoWrongdoing,
Police Lawyer Says
No officers relieved of duty while department investigates
East Chicago, Sept. 28 An ongoing internal investigation by East Chicago police into the attempted arrest of diabetic Jerome Clement so far shows no wrongdoing, according to the Police Department's legal adviser. No officer involved in the altercation has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates, attorney Thomas Ryan said the day following the release of the coroner's findings in the death of the 39-year-old welder…
Clement died Sept. 8 from what the coroner determined to be natural causes, resulting from complications of the diabetes Clement suffered since the age of 11.
Based on hospital records, the coroner determined Clement was not intoxicated as suspected by police.
Police reports indicate a scrap yard employee had called police a little after 10 a.m. on Aug. 24 after seeing a dazed Clement drive onto the property and stop the car.
At least four of seven responding officers, believing Clement to be drunk, struggled with Clement trying to arrest him, according to the police reports. Called to treat Clement for pepper spray and bleeding from the nose, paramedics suggested to police Clement was suffering from a diabetic attack. During treatment at the scene for the diabetic attack, Clement went into cardiac arrest.
(Thanks to Charles Rathburn, Fort Wayne, IN.)