Elderly Torontonian furious over violent arrest by police who thought he was suicidal | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Elderly Torontonian furious over violent arrest by police who thought he was suicidal

[...] two Toronto police officers - answering the same 911 call, but arriving later - suddenly appeared, and, he said, "the whole mood changed."

Both were decades younger and heavier - Mr. McArthur is a trim 165 pounds - and they were brooking no discussion, no argument. They simply announced they were taking him into custody and to hospital under the Mental Health Act.

"Wait a minute," Mr. McArthur said he sputtered. "I'm not sick, I'm not suicidal, I'm not going into custody."

They grabbed him, spun him around, and with one officer shoving a hand hard on the back of his neck, forced him face first onto his bed.

"I'm resisting," Mr. McArthur said bluntly. "I'm saying 'Please don't do this.' I'm flailing around."

One of the officers said "Get the cuffs on him," and Mr. McArthur, whose father, Bob, retired as a staff sergeant after 40 years on the job in Toronto, was mortified. "Please," he said he begged, "don't humiliate me."

Yet, he said, "The more I pleaded, the more violent they became."

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