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04/11/12

woman, unhappy with care at hospital, dies in jail

03/28/12 1 Comment

via stltoday.com:

Anna Brown wasn’t leaving the emergency room quietly.

She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand.

She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.

This time, she refused to leave.

A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.

Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.

She told officers she couldn’t get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.

Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system.

Six months later, family members still wonder how Brown’s sprained ankle led to her death in police custody, and whether anyone — including themselves — is to blame.

There seems to be no simple answer.

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president obama sat down for an interview with bill o’reilly and fox news.  at times, the president was on auto-pilot with stock answers and bill flashed some of his trademark abrasiveness, but overall, it was a good exchange.  in part one (which aired before the super bowl), they run through relevant topics like the civil unrest in egypt and health care in america but also touch on obama’s experience as president of united states.  check after the jump for part 2, which aired the next night on the o’reilly factor.  in it, they cover the war in afghanistan, fixing the american economy, the need for civility in the media and president obama’s opinion of fox news.

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obama and o’reilly

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