Cops Caused Fatal Stroke by Brutally Beating Veteran Tired of Waiting at VA Hospital: Lawsuit
According to a lawsuit filed by a deceased veteran’s family, the police caused his fatal stroke after they beat him following an altercation at a Veterans Affairs hospital where he had to wait for over four hours for dialysis.
According to the documents, veteran Jonathan Montano could no longer wait after sitting in the VA hospital at Loma Linda, California for over four hours waiting for dialysis. He told the nurse that he would leave with the needle apparatus in his arm so staffers wound not have to put in a new one.
A nurse called the police and officers stopped 65-year-old Montano from exiting by tackling him, slamming his head on the ground, and “kneeing and stomping his neck.”
The suit claims “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.”
The document adds “moreover, the brutalization of Jonathan Montano resulted in his suffering other serious injuries, and associated physical, mental and emotional pain, suffering and distress.”
Montano’s wife had been waiting for him in the car but went inside to check on her husband. A nurse told her that Montano had suffered a stroke caused by a fall.
The suit says “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.”
Montano died of complications from the stroke just two weeks later.
While Congress goes after the deaths of veterans who were waiting too long for treatment at VA hospitals, Norma says her husband was killed by police brutality, not poor care. She is suing the United States government for wrongful death, false imprisonment, constitutional violations, negligence, loss of consortium, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.