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I have been struggling w depression. Saturday afternoon I took

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I have been struggling w depression. Saturday afternoon I took a handful of aspirin and chased it down with a glass of, more 11/2 glasses. My spouse and kids knew something was not right and they took to the ER. I was very scared, and have never been in any kind of trouble before. When security came out to get me out of the I refused to go with them alone. Security then called the local police. Still scared of not knowing what was going to happen I refused to go with and stated I was ready to go inside for care. I was handcuffed with my arms behind me and put into their patrol car. There was no air in the car, and the cuffs were so tight I lost feeling in my arms and all the way to my finger tips. I was left in the car alone for 3 plus hours. The hospital was not in my county of origin, so I was told in the beginning I had wait for my county deputy to show up. 3 plus hours later he arrived, I was shoved face first to the trunk of the patrol car so they could swap handcuffs. With the overdose I was having trouble breathing, shaking, sweating and a horrible headache. The local officer was easily 20 plus yards away from me talking to his buddy. I begged and screamed for the cuffs to be loosened up. In that 3 hour period they checked the cuffs after hearing my 1st complaint, and he told me they were fine and then his buddy came around the other side and locked me a seatbelt making it even harder to move and get some circulation going to my arms, hands and fingers. My feet fell asleep by the time I was transferred over to the deputy. I couldn't feel anything, I couldn't feel him grabbing my hands, I thought I was helping and took it as a sign I was resisting him. The level of aspirin in my system was deadly. I went untreated for almost 4 hours and my kidneys were close to shutting down. Normal level is between 5 to 9ish, my level was 89. I was only a danger to myself. My spouse and kids tried very hard to make them let me get help. With the symptoms I was having and no air I became so closed in. I can't feel my hands or fingers and I have pics that show the bruising around wrists and forearms.
Please, I just want to know what my rights were that night, even after I begged for another chance to go inside for treatment. I feel violated. They were told I overdosed. Again, one time is the only time they came to check out the cuffs, and then on top of that buckled me in place. The rest of the 3 hours I was ignored that I needed air and the cuffs were digging into my wrists.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 1 year ago.
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