Cop Attacks Elderly Woman for Asking for a Warrant, Breaking Her Hip Causing Her Death
Cop Attacks Elderly Woman for Asking for a Warrant, Breaking Her Hip Causing Her Death By Jack Burns – The Free Thought Project
An elderly Modesto woman was pushed down by a Modesto cop. The subsequent fall caused her to break her hip. She died two years later days after winning a $750,000 settlement against the City of Modesto. The cop remains on the force.
Modesto, CA — He could have called a female officer to speak with the elderly woman. He could have asked to speak with her over a cup of coffee. He could even have taken a walk to think about his next move. But, instead, Modesto officer John C. Lee pushed 67-year-old Patricia Mugraue to the floor, breaking her hip.
The incident happened in January of 2015 when police were called to Mugraue’s home by a tenant who said her landlord would not let her into the home to retrieve her belongings.
The elderly Mugraue, who spent her working years in the Hershey chocolate factory, suffered from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis. She told Lee she was “sick” when he asked her how she was doing.
Mugruaue proceeded to explain to Lee why she wouldn’t let the woman into her home. She said she felt like the right thing to do would be for the officer to go to the man’s place of work, just around the corner, and ask him to come home, so he could be there while the woman retrieved her belongings from the room they were renting together.
Lee insisted, even though he isn’t a lawyer, the woman had the legal right to enter the home and retrieve her belongings. But lawyers who spoke with the Sacramento Bee disagree. The SACBEE wrote:
In this instance, Mugrauer’s property rights were greater than the young woman’s, said Raquel Aldana, a professor and associate dean for faculty scholarship at the McGeorge School of Law. “This is a close case, but the entry is likely illegal,” she said in an email. “… The issue is not whether the tenant has a right to her property but under what circumstances she can have access.
Seems reasonable enough right? Get the man, let the woman in, wait while she gets her things, and then let the man go back to his place of work. After all, it was Mugraue’s home, a fact which she conveyed to Lee, and insisted he should have a warrant before he or the woman be allowed to enter.