Skip to comments.Vet Allegedly Beaten To Death At VA Hospital
Posted on 05/27/2014 6:24:26 PM PDT by Altariel
A California woman says Veterans Administration hospital guards beat her husband to death after he waited four hours for dialysis.
Norma Montano says her husband of 44 years, Jonathan, died of a stroke on June 11, 2011, after he was beaten and had his carotid artery stomped by VA guards. Montano says the hospital also lied to her about what happened to her husband.
Montanos son and daughter are also plaintiffs in the suit.
Montano says he husband was tired of waiting, but when he tried to leave and go to another facility, he was told by the nursing staff not to leave.
"Jonathan Montano told the nurse that he was leaving and was going to the VA Hospital in Long Beach, California, [and that] he wanted to leave the needle apparatus [a shunt] in his arm, so they wouldn't have to put a new one in at the Long Beach VA Hospital, the complaint states.
When he insisted on leaving, the staff at the Loma Linda, Calif., facility called VA Police.
"The summoned VA Police Department police officers then stopped Jonathan Montano from leaving the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, by tackling him to the floor, slamming his head on the floor, and kneeing and stomping on his neck, and otherwise brutalizing and restraining him, the suit says.
(Excerpt) Read more at opposingviews.com ...
This might be a smidgen.
Another sneak peak at ObamaCare. Get ready America. This government healthcare bull**** is about to get ugly. Death panels and SWAT teams.
The list, Ping
Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list
Possibly of interest to your ping list.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) - After waiting for 4 hours for dialysis with a shunt in his arm, a veteran told a Veterans Administration hospital he was leaving, whereupon VA police beat the hell out of him and stomped on his carotid artery, giving him a stroke that killed him, and they lied to his wife about it, the widow claims in court.
Norma Montano sued the United States of America in Federal Court, for the death of her husband of 44 years, Jonathan Montano. The Montanos’ son and daughter also are plaintiffs.
The lawsuit comes as veterans hospitals nationwide are under investigation for lying about wait times to which they subjected patients. News reports have not yet linked the long waits to any deaths. Norma Montano does not attribute her husband’s death to the long wait, but to the needless beating.
Jonathan Montano died on June 11, 2011, after VA police brutalized him at the VA hospital in Loma Linda on May 25 that year, his widow claims in the lawsuit.
Jonathan, who was 65, had a shunt put in his arm by the VA hospital staff that day, and waited with his wife for treatment “for approximately four hours, without being treated,” Norma Montano says in the complaint.
“This greatly frustrated Jonathan Montano, who then decided that he didn’t want to wait any longer at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda and decided to leave the hospital and to go to the VA Hospital in Long Beach,” the complaint states.
Jonathan told his wife to get the car to take him to Long Beach. As she went to get it, her husband “was told by the nursing staff not to leave the hospital,” the complaint states.
It continues: “Jonathan Montana told the nurse that he was leaving and was going to the VA Hospital in Long Beach, California, [and that] he wanted to leave the needle apparatus in his arm, so they wouldn’t have to put a new one in at the Long Beach VA Hospital.
“In response to Jonathan Montano’s attempt to leave the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, California, the nursing staff called VA Police Department to stop Jonathan Montano from leaving the hospital.
“The summoned VA Police Department police officers then stopped Jonathan Montano from leaving the VA Hospital in Loma Linda, by tackling him to the floor, slamming his head on the floor, and kneeing and stomping on his neck, and otherwise brutalizing and restraining him.
“This kneeing and stomping on his neck by the VA Police Department police officers caused the dissection of his carotid artery, that resulted in immediate (or very soon thereafter) blood clotting, which resulted in [his] suffering a stroke. Moreover, the brutalization of Jonathan Montano resulted in him suffering other serious physical injuries, and associated physical, mental and emotional pain, suffering and distress.” (Parentheses in complaint.)
Norma Montano, wondering why her husband had not come to the car, went inside to look for him. Inside the hospital, she says, “she was told by a member of the nursing staff that Jonathan Montano suffered a stroke,” and was in the emergency department.
When she sought him there, “she was told by the emergency room doctor that her husband had fallen down and suffered a stroke, an untrue statement,” she says in the complaint.
It continues: “Later on, one of the nurses at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda took Norma Montano aside, and told her that her husband didn’t fall, but was slammed to the ground by the VA Police, that Norma Montano was being lied to, and that it wasn’t right what the VA Police did to Jonathan Montano.
“On June 11, 2011, Jonathan Montano died from the stroke(s) that he suffered from being slammed to the floor and having his neck stomped on / pinned to the floor at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda on May 25, 2011.”
She claims the VA police brutalized her husband without any reasonable suspicion that there was “criminality afoot” or that he had committed a crime.
She seeks damages and punitive damages for wrongful death, assault and battery, false imprisonment, constitutional violations, negligence, loss of consortium and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
And then I said I first heard of this in the newspapers and that I was outraged...
So the VA hospitals are prisons now?
Disturbing, that but for one honest nurse, the widow might not have known what had happened to her husband.
The other medical staff were perfectly willing to lie.
MF’ers! I will pack when I go to the VA. My man will not be mistreated if it means prison for me.
My best friend’s father is a retired thoracic surg. for the VA. The stories he told me in the 80’s were horrific. Particularly how the vets were treated in the psych ward.
Yep! And they are all unionized.
That there have not been indictments and arrests of everyone involved, especially the medical staff who started it all and then lied to the victim’s wife’s face is all the evidence you need that these acts are approved and endorsed at the highest level of government. Obamacare is the expansion of this brutality to the general citizenry.
I’ll leave it to others to determine which Amendment provides the appropriate remedy.
We’re going to beat you to death to ensure you get healthcare!
We need that stoner, “wait, what?” kitty.
Sister, I go NOWHERE without my gun, and one or more of these goobermint goons WOULD have died that day....
AuschwitzCare, ya think?
It literally sounds like 1960’s East Berlin.
Condolences to Norma, the son, the daughter.
R.I.P. Jonathan Montano
someone else could/would have hunted down every guard at that facility until there were no more. Those family members showed remarkable restraint, in my opinion.
And just think—your tax dollars paid for the hospital police to beat a veteran.
They had to use whatever means necessary to keep him there for his own good.
And just think - your tax dollars will pay for this to happen under Obamacare.
Hear You! Glad to know you!
This is beyond belief. Infuriating.
In order to save the patient we had to kill him.
Another source of same incident:
“Lawsuit alleges veteran beaten to death by VA hospital police”
The source for that coverage appears to be “Raw Story”.
There better be video or eye witnesses for this colorful story to go anywhere.
You say po-tay-tos, I say po-tah-tos.
And that is the rub: this is one incident which happened three years ago.
The very nature of this story should have been front page news at that time.
The real question isn’t (sadly) “where is the video of this incident?” the question is: “how many more such incidents happen-—and the family members or loved ones never learn the truth?”
The article notes a nurse who witnessed the attack and spoke up.
Isn't that just beautiful? Now the VA has another way to kill you. Death from no VA medical care, or death from VA minimum wage security guards. Yes, just F'ing beautiful. You are right. Get ready, it's coming. I think a lot of people are going to die.
The “government” will now be able to tell everyone when their time is up. Reminds me of an old “B” movie from back in the 60s. I never thought I’d see it but it’s here.
Reminds me of the Movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Once upon a time several years ago, I learned of some mistreatment at a VA hospital. Many soldiers were mistreated. It just so happened that the soldiers in our area had a special event going on, so...I talked to THEM :)
They checked it out, AND managed to fix it!
They get better treatment in prison anyway.
It is illegal to carry a weapon on VA property. You will be arrested, and it won’t be pretty.
What is the ping list? Am I on it?
I can’t find a copy of the action.
Ah, facts and corroboration are nice things to know, and trump verbose dramatizations where they are left out. I missed that from the thread account.
Thank you very much. It was too criminal for words.
Hang ‘em high in court, of course.
If that was my father the guards would be in a world of excrement, physically. Screw the lawsuit.
I worked in a prison for 25 years. I can assure you, that is a true statement.
Courthouse News Services>
Sunday, May 25, 2014Last Update: 10:04 AM PT
“She is represented by Jerry L. Steering, of Newport Beach”
Our nation is morally bankrupt.
Yep! But they won’t know I am carrying. In my state only courthouses and bars are no carry areas. The freaking VA is not a courthouse or bar.
V A ping.
It's why the incentives are called perverse.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.