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Police in Boston arrested a black man during a stroke and awarded $1.3 million

As a result of the settlement, a Black man who suffered a stroke in 2019 was arrested and paid $1.3 million. Many local newspapers reported that

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As a result of the settlement, a Black man who suffered a stroke in 2019 was arrested and paid $1.3 million. Many local newspapers reported that the city of Boston paid Al Copeland nearly two years after falsely accusing him of being drunk.

According to newly acquired records, Copeland sat nearly unconscious in his car for two hours while he was driving when he became ill and pulled over near the Berklee School of Music. Upon discovering him, the officers placed him in handcuffs and caught him. According to records, the 62-year-old appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

He had actually been suffering from a stroke for 20 hours before they realized he had been sober. While being taken to the police station, he struggled to stand, fell, hit his head on a cell wall, then threw up. A transfer to Tufts Medical Center followed, where he was further presumed to be intoxicated.

Copeland had a stroke after spending seven hours in the emergency room, ruling out the police’s belief that he was on drugs or alcohol. As a result of the stroke, he had to spend several weeks in the hospital, was unable to walk and perform certain tasks, and eventually had to resign from his job.

In the aftermath of Copeland’s tragic accident, Copeland’s attorney contacted the city of Boston, triggering an internal investigation. This investigation revealed a number of mistakes by the officers, including their delayed response to Copeland’s accident. They immediately entered into a settlement agreement.

Tufts University, which has hired social workers to assist patients with difficulty communicating and taken steps to address healthcare disparities, has also apologized to the 62-year-old patient. In any case, no officers were charged in this incident, and neither the city of Boston nor the Boston police have commented.

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