Bakersfield CA police shoot 73-year-old man with dementia. No gun recovered. #DisabilitySolidarityhttps://t.co/IqoZTVnmIA pic.twitter.com/NmPxSjP3Sv
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) December 13, 2016
I’m working on a piece on elderly individuals killed or beaten by police. Here’s four stories from NY, IL, CA, and AL – which is to say spanning the country.
- Francisco Serna: Dementia, 73, Latino, carrying a crucifix, out for a walk.
- Deborah Danner: Schizophrenia, 66, Black, naked and armed with a knife, in her apartment.
- Sureshbhai Patel: Didn’t speak English, 57, Indian, unarmed but deemed noncompliant, in front of his son’s house.
- John Wrana: Dementia, 95, White, allegedly holding a knife, in a nursing home.