Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed

Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed

The following is copy of part of an article that was shared with me in a comment.  Please click over and read the whole thing.  Stories like these are the main reason that I fear my son ever having to be in a long-term care facility.


They grabbed him, gave him a sedative and tackled him in a hallway at the Bernard Fineson Developmental Center in Queens Village, New York. Rasheen Rose, who was moderately retarded and fiercely protective of his personal space, had a 250-pound staffer sitting on his 180-pound frame, in an apparent effort to stop his “assaultive” and “self-abusive” behavior.

As he struggled to breathe, Rose, autistic and unable to speak, could only point to the bathroom, where he often showered to relax. Staffers, however, didn’t get the message.

Rose died during a roughly ten-minute “prone restraint,” a technique considered physical abuse and banned in New York because of the “increased risk of respiratory distress and serious injury, including death.”

The cause of 33-year-old’s death on Aug. 6, 2012 was positional asphyxiation, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled Rose’s death a homicide. It took the center four months to report Rose’s death to the state Health Department authorities.

The complete story can be read here: Terminal Restraint: Disabled Adults Killed…

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