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Wife: Diabetic man mistaken for drunken driver and beaten
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Source: Detroit Free Press

A diabetic Detroit man was mistaken for a drunken driver by Allen Park and Dearborn police, and brutally beaten to the point that he had to have part of his brain surgically removed, the mans wife and their attorney allege.

Ernest Griglen, 59, has been comatose and on a ventilator since the June 15 incident, said attorney Arnold Reed of Farmington Hills.

Reed filed a lawsuit in federal court today against the Allen Park and Dearborn police departments and five officers on behalf of Griglen and his wife, Pamela Griglen. Theyre seeking $20 million in damages.

According to the complaint, Griglen was driving south on the Southfield Freeway when he suffered a hypoglycemic episode. The complaint says Griglen exited his vehicle in an effort to summon the Allen Park officer. Then he was pulled over by an Allen Park Police officer. Dearborn officers also arrived on the scene to assist, according to the court document.

The complaint alleges that police came in contact with Griglens insulin pump in Griglens stomach and diabetes equipment in his vehicle, but still threw him headfirst into the ground.

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  -Wife: Diabetic man mistaken for drunken driver and beaten Just A Yeller Dawg  Sep-23-08 11:00 AM   #0 
  - I hate reading these stories....  LynzM   Sep-23-08 11:03 AM   #1 
  - the police account sound reasonable however if the guy needed brain surgery  dana_b   Sep-23-08 11:09 AM   #2 
  - Police Accounts always Sound Reasonable  atreides1   Sep-23-08 11:37 AM   #11 
     - There were two different police reports.  Just A Yeller Dawg   Sep-23-08 12:13 PM   #12 
  - That's how Eric Dolphy died, supposedly.  lurky   Sep-23-08 11:11 AM   #3 
  - This story needs to be read far and wide.  rubberducky   Sep-23-08 11:12 AM   #4 
  - Doesn't surprise me with Dearborn or Allen Park police. n/t  SaguaroFlower   Sep-23-08 11:21 AM   #9 
     - Very, very sadly this does not surprise me either.  rubberducky   Sep-23-08 11:25 AM   #10 
  - As long as they get to beat someone...  greenvpi   Sep-23-08 11:16 AM   #5 
  - Even assuming the guy was drunk, why does this give the  kesasso   Sep-23-08 11:17 AM   #6 
  - Why beat an actual drunk either?  slampoet   Sep-23-08 11:20 AM   #7 
  - I have two young boys with Type-1 diabetes. These stories make me absolutely ill.  berni_mccoy   Sep-23-08 11:20 AM   #8 
  - I hope you're following Bernstein's low-carb plan with them, not the ADA's  bean fidhleir   Sep-23-08 01:37 PM   #16 
  - This scares the heck out of me - My son has MS & could be a victim of these thugs  1776Forever   Sep-23-08 12:37 PM   #13 
  - Another in the endless stream of thug-cop sotires.  dbaker41   Sep-23-08 12:44 PM   #14 
  - Medic Alert Bracelet ?  DustyJoe   Sep-23-08 12:55 PM   #15 
  - this is our nation. mission accomplished. nt  Javaman   Sep-23-08 02:00 PM   #17 
  - that happened in the city I work for  Gargoyle   Sep-23-08 04:46 PM   #18 

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