A Texas man has been left paralyzed a year after San Antonio police beat him when they mistook him for a drug suspect.
Roger Carlos was checking out a building, in May 2014, where he and his wife planned on opening a medical practice when he encountered the officers. While he was taking photos of the location, SWAT and undercover officers began beating him. He was left with broken teeth, swelling of his skull, injuries to his face, neck, and spine. Carlos said that even though he complied with the officers, they continued to beat him:
These guys, they beat me like a bunch of thugs…I could understand taking somebody down hard. I can understand the need for that and securing them, but that’s not what happened. I got on the ground, I was no threat to anybody, I was fully compliant.
The officers involved were suspended, but Chief William McManus cut their suspension to just five days right before he retired. Wasn’t that sweet?
Now, more than a year later Carlos has been left paralyzed from the chest down due to complications from a surgery to repair the damage the officers left. His wife, Ronnie Carlos, said the police ruined her husband’s life:
People need to stand up and say something about it. Just because a police officer has a right to do something like that based on a law that protects them, it’s not right — it’s not right…It’s hard to see it, it’s hard to believe that something like this occurred over a mistaken identity. That is the hardest thing that has happened to us.
This is probably one of the saddest things ever to result from a case of police brutality. Roger and Ronnie Carlos have three boys, all under the age of ten, and now their father cannot run around with them or play kickball with them because these cops thought beating the shit out of someone was the proper way to handle an arrest. Some people will say,”Well, at least he isn’t dead.” And yeah, I suppose there’s that, but what is his quality of life now?
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