Nephew of Clarence Thomas Allegedly Beaten, Tased at New Orleans Hospital
posted at 2:56 pm on July 10, 2010 by Diane Suffern
Who’s up for another high-profile tasing story?
Derek Thomas, the 24 year old nephew of Justice Clarence Thomas, was admitted to the West Jefferson Medical Center on Thursday. After declining to put on a hospital gown and requesting to leave the ER, Thomas explained, “The guy asked me, you’re either going to do it or we’re going to tase you.” According to a local ABC news affiliate:
Before being tased, Thomas says he was punched in the lip and had a fist full of his hair pulled out. To make matters worse, he is epileptic, and says he suffered a massive seizure as he was being tased. His sister Kimberly says he could’ve died. “This was not only put on his chart letting them know he already had a health condition this should not have happened at a hospital” Kimberly Thomas comments.
Immediately following the incident, Thomas’ sister called her uncle Clarence who will be arriving in New Orleans to investigate and support his nephew.
Multiple sites report that Thomas was admitted for an attempted suicide. Thomas says he intended no self-harm, but instead took too many prescription pills for an impending migraine. Whatever the case, what latitude does hospital security generally have in subduing a patient if they deny treatment, requesting to leave? What type of behavior would warrant hair pulling, tasing and punching? Hospital surveillance cameras, anyone?
Watch the video for more details.