City Now He Has a Reason to Live
posted by November 7 at 12:03 PMon
A Seattle man is suing the city after, the man claims, police “illegally” sent him to a hospital for observation after he called a suicide hotline from the Aurora Bridge.
According the suit filed in King County Superior Court on November 6th, the man walked to the northeast side of the bridge around midnight on August 22nd and used an emergency phones to call a suicide-prevention hotline. The man told the operator he “just wanted to talk about some personal problems.”
The suit says twenty minutes later, SPD and Seattle Fire showed up and, man claims officers “illegally ordered [him] to get into [an] ambulance” and was taken to the UW Medical Center against his will.
The man does not have health insurance and says the city’s policy has left him with an $883 medical bill, “even though [he] did not need service at the time.”
“If somebody is exhibiting signs of suicidal tendencies or is depressed, our policy is typically to send them to the hospital for a mental evaluation,” says SPD spokesman Mark Jamieson.
In his suit, the man claims he “was totally able-bodied and the only problem I had was a debt of about $4,980 [in student loans]. The Seattle Police Department should have transported me or called a taxicab to transport me to the hospital.”
The man, who appears to be representing himself, is asking for a jury trial and wants the city to pay $500,000 for his medical bills and to “financially support [him] for life.” He is also asking the city to install 12 foot high iron bars along the bridge walkway to prevent future suicide attempts.