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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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