Police Body-Slam 87 Year-Old Knife-Wielding Woman

Police in Whitehall, Ohio were filmed body-slamming an 87 year-old woman in the parking lot of a Walmart on 8/1/09. According to the author’s summary on youtube:

“This old lady was in the parking lot of Walmart in Whitehall, Ohio swinging a knife at people, when the police arrived she wouldn’t drop the knife so the police officer took her down, the lady also assulted a kid by hitting him which sparked the crowd of people outside anyway, he was with relatives who intervened and that’s when the knife swinging started anyone that tried to help her she began to swing her knife at them threatening them.”

I’m guessing that the old woman must have dementia and was probably scared and confused, but I’m not sure how else the police could have handled this situation. Maybe the policewoman should have just kicked her cane out from under her.

Either way, it’s heartbreaking to watch.

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