Brain-damaged woman held for being 'drunk'
The Local/og · 1 Mar 2012, 14:33
Published: 01 Mar 2012 14:33 GMT+01:00
The complaint stems from a recent incident when the woman was confused and asked for help in a local shop.
Police were called, however, and the woman was locked up as the police believed she was intoxicated, wrote the local Gefle Dagblad (GD) newspaper.
The woman was forced to remove her clothes and leave all her possessions with the police, including her glasses.
The police claimed at first that she was not the woman on her identification as she did not resemble the picture.
The 40-year-old explained in her report to the Ombudsmen for Justice (JO) that her face changed due to brain damage she suffered in accident and that she has trouble communicating.
She also stated that she attends rehabilitation sessions at Gävle Hospital for people with brain injuries.
Despite her attempts to enlighten the officers about her condition, the woman's pleas were ignored.
Police even called the woman’s voicemail and suggested that the two voices did not match and accused her of using a false identity.
The woman later learned she was also suspected of drug abuse.
Eventually, the woman was released at three in the morning, with police reportedly driving to the edge of town and dropping her off to fend for herself.
She was later discovered on a bench and was reportedly traumatized by the incident.