Elderly grandfather Tasered by police put in intensive care
An elderly man believed to suffer from dementia is in the intensive care unit after being Tasered by police, who said they shocked him for his own good.
Albert Chatfield, 86 is currently hospitalized with a brain bleed as well as a broken nose and on a breathing ventilator, the Washington Post reports.
He was injured this week in Kingstree, S.C., while he was driving erratically, according to reports.
Chatfield first drove away from police as their sirens blared, making random turns until he finally pulled over, according to the Washington Post.
Officers told him to get on the ground, but he instead went into a fighting stance and started walking backward into traffic, the Charleston Post and Courier reported citing a police report.
That’s when Chatfield fell to the ground, striking his head.
RELATED: Police officer fatally shot at Texas university
“He was tased because he was in a rage and trying to fight in the middle of the highway,” Kingstree Police Chief James Barr told the Post and Courier on Saturday. “We didn’t want the man to get hit.”
Barr added that Chatfield continued to resist being handcuffed and taken to the sidewalk.
Chatfield remained in a medically induced coma, according to reports.
His family’s lawyer seemed to disagree, accusing the Kingstree police department of lacking Taser training and violating Chatfield’s constitutional rights.
“They are saying that due to traffic in this tiny town, we tased him for his own safety, and I find that extremely problematic,” Justin Bamberg told the Washington Post. “If traffic is what you were concerned about, why would you completely incapacitate an individual so he can’t get out of the way of traffic.”
Bamberg said he's not completely sure race played a role although Chatfield is black and the officer who Tasered him is white.
Chatfield’s relatives described him as a sweet man who has good and bad days in his advanced age, believed he suffered from dementia.
Regardless, they described him as the rock of his family.
“He’s always been the go-to person in our family,” his daughter, Jodi Mack, told the Post and Courier. “He keeps us laughing.”