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EXCLUSIVE: Okla. man almost dies in police custody
kfor.com ^ | 03/14/2014 | La'Tasha Givens

Posted on 03/14/2014 6:09:48 AM PDT by DariusBane

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man said he almost died after a car accident because police failed to get him medical treatment in a timely manner. On Christmas Eve Heshem Hendam was driving through the intersection of 122nd and McArthur when he and another driver crashed. When police arrived Hendam said his passenger was treated by EMSA while police questioned whether he was drunk. “She said to me, you’re drunk, she just concluded that. I said no I’m not drunk. I didn’t drink anything. I didn’t do any narcotics” said Hendam He says the officer didn’t believe him. “They hand cuffed me they put me in the back of the police car. I was like a caged animal in the back of the police car while I’m injured and loosing consciousness gradually, and I’m pain asking for help,” he said. Instead of being taken to Mercy Hospital which was closer from the accident scene at 2.8 miles away with an approximate 4 minute drive he was taken to Deaconess Hospital which is about 6 miles away and a 13 minute drive. “The first thing they did is not to check me but to draw blood out of me for the toxicology report.” He said that was done at the officer’s request. He gave News Channel 4 a copy of the toxicology that shows he didn’t have any alcohol or drugs in his system. “I came so close to dying so close to dying because there were so many hours wasted. What is interesting I had a visible swollen lump on my face from where I got hit,” Hendam said. Doctors then realized he had a serious head injury and needed emergency surgery to stop the bleeding on his brain. Hours after the accident – he was finally transported to St. Anthony Hospital. Hendam said his doctors told him he was close to being in a vegetative state and risked permanent abnormalities because of how long it took for him to receive medical treatment. “Suppose I died, if I died and lost my life I wouldn’t be here to say my own story,” he said while crying. “I’m nobody I don’t have anything to fight with they are the police, they are so strong and powerful I cannot defend myself against them. They have the power to prove whatever they want.” “This is really a life or death kind of decision that this officer missed on,” said his attorney Eric Cotton. Heshem and Cotton are now suing the city of Oklahoma City and the police department. Cotton said, “If the officer would have just let EMSA take a look at him, if she had him transported to a hospital in a quicker manner maybe he wouldn’t have had to undergo the brain surgery that he had to undergo on an emergency basis.” The attorney points to what he calls numerous inaccuracies within the police report. First, it shows a diagram of Hendam hitting the other vehicle basically putting him at fault. But pictures taken by the insurance adjuster shows damage on one side of the car and no damage anywhere else, supporting the claim Hendam was t-boned by the other driver. The second, is the report has the wrong hospitals listed. This paperwork shows the woman in the car with Hendam was taken to St. Anthony Hospital when in fact she was taken to Mercy Hospital. Then it states he was taken there as well when he was actually taken to Deaconess Hospital first then to St. Anthony. Mix-ups like this make Cotton question everything that happened at the scene. “So many things could have been done that more likely than not could have prevented this from getting to the life threatening situation that it did,” he said. While Hendam has a permanent scar on his head, he wants to move past this. He praises the team of surgeons at St. Anthony Hospital for saving his life. “The staff was amazing to me. I thank God in heaven that gave me a second chance,” Hendam said. But he prays this doesn’t happen to anyone else. We talked to Oklahoma City Police about this case at length for close to a week. However the department is not commenting publicly on this lawsuit.


TOPICS:
KEYWORDS: corruption; donutwatch; police
Video at link:

Police falsified the report of what happened, and the sequence of events.

1 posted on 03/14/2014 6:09:48 AM PDT by DariusBane
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To: DariusBane

Video

http://kfor.com/2014/03/13/okla-man-almost-dies-in-police-custody/


2 posted on 03/14/2014 6:10:42 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: DariusBane

Comeondudenodisrespectintendedbutputsomeparagraphsinitandmaybesomeonewillreadit.


3 posted on 03/14/2014 6:15:45 AM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: OKSooner

That’sfunnyrightthere!


4 posted on 03/14/2014 6:17:43 AM PDT by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: DariusBane

From the article:

“Suppose I died, if I died and lost my life I wouldn’t be here to say my own story,” he said while crying. “I’m nobody I don’t have anything to fight with they are the police, they are so strong and powerful I cannot defend myself against them. They have the power to prove whatever they want.”

Yes they do. Voters have given the city and the Police power to swagger around in shiny new police cars and exact “justice”. The City of Oklahoma City just hired 40 new officers, and this is the kind of thing local politicians run for office promising. So for some reason, the issue of more cops and more “safety” still resonates with voters. I have no idea why.


5 posted on 03/14/2014 6:17:44 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: OKSooner

You will be fine.


6 posted on 03/14/2014 6:18:06 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: DariusBane

” loosing consciousness gradually”

Doing what?


7 posted on 03/14/2014 6:18:06 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: OKSooner

I’lldittothat!


8 posted on 03/14/2014 6:21:01 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: DariusBane
HTML eats excess white-space. If you type two or more spaces in a row between words HTML will reduce all of the spaces and tabs to a single space or tab. Carriage Returns (the Enter key) won't do you any good either. Without special care it is easy to end up with a wall of unreadable text. It's quite cruel. If you want white-space beyond a single space you need to insert it explicitly by typing <br> or <p> for a CRLF and a paragraph, respectively.

Break <br> works like you expect Enter (or Carriage Return) to work. It gets you a single LFCR (Line Feed Carriage Return, just like an ancient typewriter). Two styles of break are in use, the preferred version (used in HTML 5) is <br /> which contains its own closing tag. Paragraph <p> makes what follows into a paragraph set off by linefeeds. Neither <p> or <br> requires closing tag. The browser software will assume a paragraph is closed when it encounters the next <p>. Closing a paragraph actually makes good sense, closing a break seems like a waste of perfectly good characters.modulo the HTML gods referenced above.

Blockquotes are another useful trick. This entire paragraph has been enclosed in blockquotes. Anything you put between <blockquote> the example text <blockquote> gets indented and set off by linefeeds before and after. This example, rendered, will look like
the example text
the text above. Blockquotes can be nested (placed one inside another) and are a great way to distinguish the source of a quote from your own text.

Preformatted, or the <pre> tag provides a way to grab a bunch of text that is already formatted with tabs and spaces and not have HTML eat all that lovely white-space. As usual a closing tag is required with this </pre>. You can use this trick on a webpage but you need to realize that if the text you are copying wraps because it runs into the edge of the page and not because there is a CRLF present it will behave the same way in the preformatted chunk.

9 posted on 03/14/2014 6:21:53 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: DariusBane

Previewisyourfriendasareparagrafesandspellchecker


10 posted on 03/14/2014 6:23:04 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: OKSooner

OneofthemorehilariouspoststhatI’veseenonFreeRepublic.


11 posted on 03/14/2014 6:33:40 AM PDT by Ancient Man
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To: DariusBane

this man should be compensated from the assests of the former police involved;but the taxpayers will pay instead and the overly aggressive ,lazy, incompetent officers will continue in the job.

I was hit by a red-light runner several years ago and the officer began by accusing me of causing the crash;the emt had to almost push the officer out of the way to begin evaluation.

If not for the brave emt ,I would have likely been similarly (mis)treated. The officer did apologize the following day after witness statements had made it clear the other driver was completely at fault.

The accident report listed the wrong hospital in my case,too.Just sloppy work.

And in “my” first crash ,while driving down a city street ,my car was struck in the passenger door by a car exiting a private drive;yet the responding officer reported the fault as mine. The officer being a friend of the other driver and witness May have had something to do with that!?

Americans have not paid enough attention or cared to insist police agencies operate correctly.


12 posted on 03/14/2014 6:35:47 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: DariusBane
Hang on - let me format it so I can read it.

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man said he almost died after a car accident because police failed to get him medical treatment in a timely manner. On Christmas Eve Heshem Hendam was driving through the intersection of 122nd and McArthur when he and another driver crashed. When police arrived Hendam said his passenger was treated by EMSA while police questioned whether he was drunk. “She said to me, you’re drunk, she just concluded that. I said no I’m not drunk. I didn’t drink anything. I didn’t do any narcotics” said Hendam He says the officer didn’t believe him. “They hand cuffed me they put me in the back of the police car. I was like a caged animal in the back of the police car while I’m injured and loosing consciousness gradually, and I’m pain asking for help,” he said. Instead of being taken to Mercy Hospital which was closer from the accident scene at 2.8 miles away with an approximate 4 minute drive he was taken to Deaconess Hospital which is about 6 miles away and a 13 minute drive. “The first thing they did is not to check me but to draw blood out of me for the toxicology report.” He said that was done at the officer’s request. He gave News Channel 4 a copy of the toxicology that shows he didn’t have any alcohol or drugs in his system. “I came so close to dying so close to dying because there were so many hours wasted. What is interesting I had a visible swollen lump on my face from where I got hit,” Hendam said. Doctors then realized he had a serious head injury and needed emergency surgery to stop the bleeding on his brain. Hours after the accident – he was finally transported to St. Anthony Hospital. Hendam said his doctors told him he was close to being in a vegetative state and risked permanent abnormalities because of how long it took for him to receive medical treatment. “Suppose I died, if I died and lost my life I wouldn’t be here to say my own story,” he said while crying. “I’m nobody I don’t have anything to fight with they are the police, they are so strong and powerful I cannot defend myself against them. They have the power to prove whatever they want.” “This is really a life or death kind of decision that this officer missed on,” said his attorney Eric Cotton. Heshem and Cotton are now suing the city of Oklahoma City and the police department. Cotton said, “If the officer would have just let EMSA take a look at him, if she had him transported to a hospital in a quicker manner maybe he wouldn’t have had to undergo the brain surgery that he had to undergo on an emergency basis.” The attorney points to what he calls numerous inaccuracies within the police report. First, it shows a diagram of Hendam hitting the other vehicle basically putting him at fault. But pictures taken by the insurance adjuster shows damage on one side of the car and no damage anywhere else, supporting the claim Hendam was t-boned by the other driver. The second, is the report has the wrong hospitals listed. This paperwork shows the woman in the car with Hendam was taken to St. Anthony Hospital when in fact she was taken to Mercy Hospital. Then it states he was taken there as well when he was actually taken to Deaconess Hospital first then to St. Anthony. Mix-ups like this make Cotton question everything that happened at the scene. “So many things could have been done that more likely than not could have prevented this from getting to the life threatening situation that it did,” he said. While Hendam has a permanent scar on his head, he wants to move past this. He praises the team of surgeons at St. Anthony Hospital for saving his life. “The staff was amazing to me. I thank God in heaven that gave me a second chance,” Hendam said. But he prays this doesn’t happen to anyone else. We talked to Oklahoma City Police about this case at length for close to a week. However the department is not commenting publicly on this lawsuit.

13 posted on 03/14/2014 6:40:04 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

You’re bad.


14 posted on 03/14/2014 6:41:51 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: DariusBane

Death by wall of text.


15 posted on 03/14/2014 6:46:10 AM PDT by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: mykroar

How old are you people?


16 posted on 03/14/2014 6:52:25 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: Mycroft Holmes

Thank you. I think Freepers have ADHD or something.

The article is short, easy to read. A link is supplied.

But all I see is weeping, sadness, gnashing of teeth by either the very old, the very young, or ADHD challenged old people.

So keep bitching about formatting and ignore the article.


17 posted on 03/14/2014 6:56:20 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: DariusBane

Relax and enjoy it with the rest of us.

You can now claim to have started one of the funnier threads on FR.


18 posted on 03/14/2014 7:32:43 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: DariusBane

The police lied? Inconceivable!!!!


19 posted on 03/14/2014 7:33:22 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: OKSooner

I’ve been “lurkin” here since 2004 and never registered as a member until today.

Your comment made me laugh so hard that I nearly pissed myself, and thus, motivated me to register just so I could tell you that.

Too damn funny.

(Oh, it hurts.)


20 posted on 03/14/2014 8:42:46 AM PDT by Flagpole Erectus
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To: Flagpole Erectus
Thank you, and welcome to FR.

I've always envied people who have serious writing talent like PJ O'Rourke or Mark Steyn who can provoke people to think and get a laugh at the same time.

Maybe today was my lucky day.

Happy pi day, BTW.

21 posted on 03/14/2014 2:25:46 PM PDT by OKSooner ("As the riders went on by him, he heard one call his name...")
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To: Flagpole Erectus

Okay... you talked me into a new tagline.


22 posted on 03/14/2014 2:27:46 PM PDT by OKSooner (Comeondudenodisrespectintendedbutputsomeparagraphsinitandmaybesomeonewillreadit.)
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To: OKSooner

Geezus H. Crimany! Now you’re aiming to give me a heart attack.

(Sir Knight, I just pissed my pants and no one can do anything about it.)


23 posted on 03/14/2014 6:14:51 PM PDT by Flagpole Erectus
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