Police jail man for having Lou Gehrig symptoms and court says it’s okay

Posted: 09/15/2015 in Screwed

Gordon Goines, a 37-year-old disabled man,  has a tough life.  Suffering from cerebellar ataxia, a neurological condition similar to multiple sclerosis, he has slurred speech, an unsteady walk, and fine motor skill impairment.  So one bright and shiny day Goines had his cable company come out to fix his crappy TV reception.  The repairman told Goines that a neighbor was stealing the signal and that it needed to be reported to police.

Being a good citizen, Goines stepped across the street from his home and asked for some help at the local police station.  Their response was exactly what you’d expect, if you’ve grown up in the Village: he was strip searched, handcuffed to a table, diagnosed as mentally ill, and locked up in a mental health facility with no access to family and friends for most of a week.  Although he sued, the court agreed with the police.  His lawyers are not happy about that and have filed an appeal.

“By giving government officials the power to declare individuals mentally ill and detain them against their will without first ensuring that they are actually trained to identify such illness, the government has opened the door to a system in which involuntary detentions can be used to make people disappear,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute and author of Battlefield America: The War on the American People. “Indeed, government officials in the Cold War-era Soviet Union often used psychiatric hospitals as prisons in order to isolate political prisoners from the rest of society, discredit their ideas, and break them physically and mentally.”

You probably thought when the USSR crumbled under the weight of its own corruption, the rest of the world would learn a lesson from that.  You probably think that pixies and unicorns live in the woods too.  Who knows?  Maybe they do — somewhere.  But not in the Village.


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