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By John Vibes | Free Thought Project
Pismo Beach, California — Last month, an epileptic woman from California was attacked by police and arrested after she called 911 to report that she was having seizures and needed medical attention.
When police arrived on the scene, Andrea Starr was still having seizures and was unable to respond to their commands. Not understanding that the woman was having a seizure, they assumed that she was resisting arrest, so they beat her into submission.
Andrea has a rare form of generalized epilepsy called Juvenile Myoclonic Syndrome. This rare form of epilepsy does not respond well to medication.
Andrea says that when she called for help, police arrived instead of an ambulance, and they treated her like a criminal instead of a person having a medical emergency.
“I was having seizures, going in and out of consciousness, I did not even understand where I was. I called 9-1-1 crying, begging for help. Instead, multiple police showed up, no medics, or ambulance. I am not a criminal, I called 9-1-1. I never meant to act in aggression, as I was very confused. The police just assumed I was on drugs and was psychotic,” Ms. Starr told Police State USA.
When police saw Andrea having a seizure, they attempted to arrest her for public intoxication, but while they where trying to grab her, her body was convulsing and flailing around, making it difficult for them to get a hold on her. The police considered this “resisting arrest”, and then proceeded to use excessive force on the woman, leaving large bruises all over her face.
Andrea was later booked and charged with battery against a police officer, resisting arrest and public intoxication. After her arrest, Ms. Starr was taken back to the jail, where she was continually assaulted by police while having seizures.
“When I was in jail, I started to convulsive on the floor of the jail cell due to lack of medication. It had been a long time at that point. A police officer came in and kicked me in the head because ‘my head was too close to the door.’ This made multiple girls start to cry, as it was very obvious I was having seizures and could have died,” she said.
Andrea said on her GoFundMe page that the police may have realized their error while they were torturing her in jail, and decided to stack as many charges as they could on her to cover up their own misconduct.
“I do believe at some point, the police realized I really did have epilepsy, as from reading their police report, after handcuffing me, it sounds like I had an atonic seizure. Thus, they started to fear their actions, harassed me some more during my post confusional epileptic stage, and threw on as many bogus charges on me as they could, to try and put up as much of a boulder as they could, so I couldn’t sue them. Thus please understand, my go fund me page, is for criminal defense only, at this time,” Andrea wrote.
To prove that she is in fact an epileptic, Andrea provided an assessment from her doctor on her GoFundMe page. If you would like to donate to Andrea’s legal funds, please DONATE HERE.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.
This article originally appeared on Free Thought Project.