Marie Ginette Mondesir says she called 911 for help in her son's medical emergency, but police ended up abusing him. Ginette Mondesir, her son Ricardo Pierre and their attorney, David Kubiliun, explained what happened. Police said in reports that they were forced to use a Taser to subdue Pierre.
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A second officer wrote in a report that Pierre “continually grunted, tensed, and would not respond when called by name.” He acted aggressively and was “screaming incoherently,” the officer added.
Both officers said that when Pierre got to the hospital he became a different person – calming down and asking what had happened.
Pierre and his family say what police did went way over the line.
Pierre, who is recovering at Memorial Regional Hospital, showed NBC 6 South Florida the marks on his body, including those left by handcuffs. The circular marks on his back came from the Taser, his mother said.
Ginette Mondesir said she told the officer, “Don't kill my son because he had a problem, heart attack” and that he replied “Get out of the room, Madame,” despite her protestation that he was her son.
“I felt I have a lot of pain because all of these guys get on top of me and beating me up. For something I don't even know,” Pierre said.
Pierre said he was not treated fairly.
“Because if someone is having some medical problem, I think that person needs assistance, so you can't get on top of that person, beat that person up, tase that person,” he said.
He added, “Then when my mom saw the way they've been treating me and then she's been screaming that ‘Don't kill my son,’ and they handcuffed her and put her in the car. And I think that's not right.”
Pierre, a former schoolteacher, now works for Comcast. That is the parent company of NBCUniversal, which owns NBC 6.
“It’s apparent that my client was having a seizure when the police arrived and they should have known that,” said Pierre’s attorney, David Kubiliun.
Police “should have immediately called for medical personnel,” he added.
Pierre’s mother was released after paramedics brought Pierre to the hospital.
The family said it wants a full investigation by Hollywood Police.
Police said that for now the reports would have to speak for themselves.