This made me queasy when I first read it…
The Courthouse News Service reported that 84-year-old Dorsey Henderson of Fairhope, Alabama called 911 after investigating the car accident and discovering that the driver of the vehicle was severely intoxicated.
Henderson told the driver of the car he was under citizens arrest and needed to wait near his car until police arrived.
When Officer Trent Scott arrived on the scene, Henderson attempted to inform him of the driver’s belligerent behavior and that the driver had been placed under citizens arrest. The officer allegedly told Henderson there was “no such thing as citizen’s arrest in Alabama,” and to “get out of the way, old man.”
After Henderson tried to explain that he was only trying to help, Officer Scott placed him in an arm bar and slammed him face first into the ground, breaking his nose and eyeglasses. Henderson’s wife, Dorris, watched from a wheelchair at the front window of her house, telling a 911 dispatcher that the officer was “beating the hell out of my husband.”
When elderhood disappears old people become just— old people. The officer apparently treated this (old) man in exactly the same manner he would treat a “young man.” No ageism there!
The good news, if you can say anything good about this story, is that it is NEWS. Cops are not supposed to “beat the hell” out of old people! It is an OUTRAGE!
Ever the optimist, I take this as an indication that a glimmer of elderhood still remains in American society.