Thursday, August 11, 2005

I'm Beyond Words

Over this one.

"They chased him right past me," said Portz, who followed the chase, then saw four or five employees hold Driver on the ground. Driver was pleading with them to let him up, Portz said. "The blacktop was just blistering," he said.
The high temperature at Bush Intercontinental Airport Sunday was 96 degrees.

Portz said one of the Wal-Mart employees had Driver in a choke hold as other employees pinned his body to the ground.

"He was begging, 'Please, I'm burning, let me up,' " Portz said of Driver. "He'd push himself up off the blacktop, like he was doing a push-up.

"About 30 people were saying, 'Let him up, it's too hot,' " Portz said. He said another employee brought a rug for Driver to lie on, but one of those holding Driver said he was fine where he was. "After about five minutes, (Driver) said, 'I'm dying, I can't breathe, call an ambulance,' " Portz said.

Employees struggled with Driver before he was handcuffed, Martin said.

"There was a struggle, and when they finally succeeded after getting him detained in handcuffs, he continued to struggle," Martin said.

After Driver was handcuffed, Portz said one employee had his knee on the man's neck and others were putting pressure on his back.

"Finally the guy stopped moving" and the employees got off him, Portz said. "They wouldn't call an ambulance.

What country is this we're living in?

They tortured this guy to death in the Wal-Mart parking lot over fucking diapers?

(Via Sisyphys Shrugged:


zelda1 said...

As fucking angry as I am that the employees held him down, I am even more angry that all those bystanders just stood there and watched it happen. They told the employees to get him off the hot pavement but no one intervened to help this man. No one tried to push the employees off of him or anything like that. I would have called 911 when I saw the chase, then, and I mean it, I would have hit tried to get them off of him. It was watching a murder and doing nothing.

delagar said...

I agree. "Let him go. No, really, let him go." That's not nearly enough. And apparently there were like 30 people standing around watching this happen -- more than enough to overpower the three employees holding the guy on the hot pavement.