Discharged patient dies in police custody

From Los Angeles Times:

Anna Brown was homeless and had so much pain in her legs that she couldn’t walk.

When Brown, 29, refused to leave the emergency room at St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, Mo., a suburb near inner St. Louis, the police thought she was on drugs and arrested her for trespassing. She’d already been examined, and a doctor said she was healthy enough to go to jail.

The police carried her into a jail cell by her arms and ankles, her body slackened. There were a couple of beds in the cell, but they left her on the concrete floor. A couple of officers stood by the door as she writhed and moaned, and then they walked away. “They thought she was a drug seeker,” an officer said later.

She had stopped moving within 15 minutes and was pronounced dead a short time later.

She’d had blood clots in her legs and lungs, an autopsy found, and no drugs in her system. 

Alabama Man Poisoned by Decapitated Snake Head

From JEMS:

Authorities in Alabama said a homeless man handling a decapitated snake head was treated after being poisoned by the snake’s venom.

“I saw it swimming down along the creek and everything. And I ran down and hit it with the machete and killed it and brought it up. He picked the head up and stuck himself right in the finger with it,” the friend said.

“He put his finger in there and all of a sudden the nerves, I guess, and it bit down on his finger.”