Public Treatment

By oldbuttercup Latest Reply 2012-02-18 19:27:10 -0600
Started 2012-02-10 08:04:25 -0600

Do you think the verdict is fair?
The diabetic who was suffering from insulin shock when Nevada police officers mistook him for a drunk driver and physically assaulted him will receive a settlement of nearly $300,000.

Adam Greene, 38, settled his lawsuit against the City of Henderson and the state of Nevada on Tuesday night. Per the terms of the settlement, Greene will receive $158,000 from the city and $35,000 from the state. Greene's wife will receive an additional $99,000 from the City of Henderson.

The $292,500 payout settles a federal civil rights lawsuit Greene filed against Henderson police and the Nevada Highway Patrol. The suit accused the agencies of battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

"We think it's fair; we agreed to it and we're satisfied," Greene told KTNV about the settlement.

The lawsuit stemmed from a traffic stop that occurred on Oct. 29, 2010. Portions of the incident were captured by dashboard cameras mounted in four Nevada Highway Patrol cruisers. The videos were released Wednesday.

Greene is observed on video swerving in the eastbound lane of the Lake Mead Parkway. When Greene stops at a traffic light at the Boulder Highway intersection, he is approached by a trooper who draws his service weapon, kicks the driver's side window and yells, "Don't move! Hey driver, do not move!"

When the trooper opens Greene's door, another officer moves in and places a handcuff on one of his wrists. At that point, the state troopers, with assistance from Henderson police officers, pull Greene from his vehicle. Greene's four-door sedan rolls forward until an officer stops it.

Five officers force a dazed and confused Greene to the ground. A sixth officer, a Henderson police officer, then walks over and kicks Greene in the face multiple times, as one of the officers yells, "Stop resisting, mother fucker. Stop resisting, mother fucker!"

Once Greene is subdued, an officer discovers a vial of insulin on him and announces Greene "could be a diabetic."

Moments later, an offer can be heard talking on the radio to a police dispatcher.

"He's a diabetic. He's probably in shock, semiconscious."

Other officers are heard joking about the incident.

"[He] was not a small guy," an officer laughs. "I couldn't take him by myself."

Greene was not charged in connection with the traffic stop. When he arrived at a local hospital, he was treated for low blood sugar and multiple injuries that he said he received during the traffic stop.

"I ended up with two broken ribs. I had some cuts and a black eye on my face," Greene told KTNV. "I was confused, but I wasn't resisting and I would think this would be incorrect and inappropriate behavior whether I was drunk … or not drunk."

Greene told The Las Vegas Sun that he was on his way to work when he had the diabetic reaction. He said he is a father of four and has been a diabetic for 26 years.

According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, a sergeant involved in the traffic stop was disciplined but remains employed by the department.

Nevada's Fox 5 News has identified four of the Henderson police officers involved in the case as Douglas Lynaugh, Francis Shipp, Seth Vanbeveren and Brett Seekatz.

Despite the ordeal he has been through, Greene, whose father was an Arizona state trooper, said his family does not hold a grudge.

"We hold no ill will towards the officers involved or the other police officers in the city and we support them and we're ready to move on," Greene told

22 replies

tahoeTed 2012-02-18 10:21:25 -0600 Report

This isn't really about being diabetic. these officers would have done the same thing if he had been drunk. They are abusive and need to be jailed!!!! But yes put something on/in your vehicle to show you are diabetic

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-13 14:20:58 -0600 Report

I agree to some extent that we should have something on us that makes others aware of our condition, but why should our condition have to be an actual visual in order to be treated with empathy and respect. These officers took it for granted that Mr. Greene was intoxicated and/or on something. I saw the film and feel that their approach was harsh and totally uncalled for. We are all human, he should have definitely been stopped, as he was, for his own safety and the safety of those around him. We all have rights and Mr. Greene's rights were definitely violated—someone jumped the gun!!!! They should have identified him through either his ID and/or the insulin they found on him. It disturbs me that I may have a low driving some time, my employment requires me to be on the road extensively, so usually before I head out I will check myself to make sure I'm okay; however, I've experienced lows that came on so quick I didn't even feel them. I have had severe lows, and dread should I ever even come close to experiencing them on the road. Should I be afraid that those that should be helping me in a case of a medical emergency would hurt me before they actually realized that I may have a condition which requires emergency medical attention? I agree with Renee this is a situation that brings tears to my eyes.

jayabee52 2012-02-13 14:28:57 -0600 Report

I used to be on the road a lot as a home health CNA, and I also have done some long distance road trips, and my way of avoiding lows while driving is to keep my BG levels up around 130 to 140 at all times while driving. I had been taken to task on DC a couple of years ago for sharing that, but I feel that it is better for me to keep my BGs elevated a bit than to chance a low and I get into an accident, or a situation such as this. I do manage my BGs a little more tightly when I am at home or not going very far in my car.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-02-13 14:39:49 -0600 Report

James, This does help, I know that sometimes I am anal about trying to stay within range, but one day as I was leaving a client's home I felt awful as I stood up. Not to make a fool of myself I left the home drove about 1/2 block just away from the home. I stopped, lo and behold my BG was at 43, I immediately treated myself, but actually got a little scared. I had to get up and walk around I felt like I couldn't breathe and needed to catch my air. It was horrible I was in a rural area thinking who's going to find me here if something happens. This is great advice cuz I need to know a Newbie to my condition, I usually have apple slices, my glucose, plenty of water, protein snacks, along with pb crackers, I try to plan for lows and highs. Thks. Louise

jayabee52 2012-02-13 14:53:03 -0600 Report

my only recorded low was 40 when I was working as a CNA in home health. I don't remember what alerted me to the low, nevertheless I excused my self to go out to my car where I had a regular orange soda (this was way before I knew about the rule of 15s) and I drank the whole thing. Felt better almost immediately and finished out the day without problems.

I was on met at that time, and I understood met was not supposed to contribute to lows. But I had skipped breakfast (at 3 AM) and hadn't eaten anything for about 8 hrs, and I had been doing very physical labor. So that might have had something to do with it. I am sure I probably had other lows, but this was the only time I got a meter test to show it.

GabbyPA 2012-02-12 10:39:43 -0600 Report

This is one reason you want some kind of sticker on your car or an ID that is easy to find. I cannot emphasize that enough. It should be big, clear and in more than one place. Imagine what could have happened if he didn't have some insulin in his pocket. That could have been deadly.

The officers are supposed to get "sensitivity training" in this exact type of scenario, but it is not top of their minds. As is obvious from this tragic story. I am proud of the Greene's and their willingness to move on. I am glad that they got a settlement though as well. Those officers and hopefully the entire squad will have learned a life lesson there.

hillwalker 2012-02-11 20:32:51 -0600 Report

i think a petition to have those departments investigated for corruption is in order all those cops are still on the job -i'd call that a coverup and corruption

jayabee52 2012-02-12 09:11:05 -0600 Report

I live in Las Vegas, and Henderson (where this happened) is a suburb of LV. And the scuttlebut has been that the police who have been through "Metro's" academy who don't get hired are often hired by Henderson or North Las Vegas departments.

And around town I have seen in "Metro" (joint police and sheriff dept) jurisdiction some of what looked to me like abusive situations.

However I know some of the metro cops (through my church) and they seem to be wonderful people.

hillwalker 2012-02-16 21:29:46 -0600 Report

my sister used to live in henderson i loved going on a hike in red rocks
but my thought is if they left these officers on then there is a morally bankrupt police force

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-10 10:36:33 -0600 Report

I saw this on the news and thought how horrible. It is sad that many police departments around the country do not train officers how to handle problems such as these and to prevent officers from beating people up just because the person does not do what they say. I am glad he won his case.

dietcherry 2012-02-10 09:27:05 -0600 Report

I posted the dashboard video on DC last night under news articles and will post it here so everyone can have a look. This poor man couldnt speak and you can hear him on the ground moaning and what I interpret as trying to form words. I say this because I have been on the floor unable to walk and talk with hypoglycemia but can still hear myself attempting to cry out for help even though I am alone.

Im crying while typing this because it is such an awful awful condition to be in and to imagine being treated like this at the same time is more than my heart can bear.

Everyone please take a minute to watch this and we all must NEVER assume that someone is drunk or on drugs when in this condition. Shame on all these men.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-10 11:15:58 -0600 Report

The cop that walked up and did the kicking should be barred from law enforcement, he nothing but a power induced bully!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-10 10:42:26 -0600 Report

Diet I saw this on the news and this happens more than most people think. There may be hundreds of traffic stops that are not publicized.

My city has 9 police districts and I am President of the police community council in the district where I live. The 9 presidents meet with the Police Commissioner quarterly. I just added this topic to my list for our meeting in March. I want to find out if officers are trained to recognize medical emergencies.

I am going to post info for aids for drivers on the discussion board.

dietcherry 2012-02-10 17:58:44 -0600 Report

I know Joyce and its so hard to see the ones who are sworn to protect us, instead brutalize us.
Thank you for advocating for us Joyce!!!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-10 18:08:19 -0600 Report

Police officers patrol the streets 24/7 and cannot be closely supervised. It is sad to see this. In our city we have a Civilian Review Board made up of citizens who review police brutality cases as well as other cases of police officers misbehaving. Even with the boards recommendations, all officers are not penalized because of Union and Personnel Rules. These officers are sent for additional training. Some improve and those who don't are eventually fired. When you beat up a person who is down or is not fighting back this makes the person/s committing the act look like cowards. There was no reason to mistreat the citizen.

oldbuttercup 2012-02-10 09:54:53 -0600 Report

It is bad enough that this horendous incident happened, but sadly this is not an isolated incident. There are many diabetics treated badly by police officers and the general public.
More eduacation is needed nationwide to help for better treatment of diabetics everywhere.
PS . what made me feel worse about this incident was that after the officers dicovered this man was diabetic they still made fun of what they were doing to him. In a word OUTRAGIOUS!!!

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