Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Diabetic severely injured by police


San Antonio has twice the number of people living with diabetes than the national average.

That's why we thought it was important to bring you the story of a local diabetic who was severely injured during a scuffle with police.

We want to be very transparent here, the gentleman happens to be a family member of News 4 San Antonio's Delaine Mathieu.

For that reason she has not been involved in our coverage or investigation of the incident.

News 4 Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila has the police video of what happened - and why diabetes plays an important role.

70-year old Thomas Mathieu doesn't fully remember the incident that sent him to the hospital with injuries to his face, head and arms, as well as three broken ribs.

When we interviewed him in mid-January, Mathieu had also developed a serious case of pneumonia.

"None of it adds up because I am, basically a gentle person," he said. News 4 San Antonio obtained police dash cam video from January 13th of this year.

Two SAPD officers responded to the Loop 410 Frontage Road, where it meets Evers Road.

That's where Thomas Mathieu had stopped his car in the turn lane, because he felt he was about to have a low blood sugar episode.

He says he didn't want to put others in danger. "I don't know what happened from there on," said Thomas Mathieu.

"I woke up with my face in the ground."

More with video @ News 4 SA

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