CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the case of a Pennsylvania man who says he was wrestled to the ground along a highway by New Jersey State Police while he was in diabetic shock.
Daniel Fried's federal lawsuit against police began Wednesday, nearly six years after he was found slumped behind the wheel along state Route 72 in Burlington County, NJ.com (http://bit.ly/22nrhPB) reported.
In the lawsuit filed in Camden, the Springfield man says troopers thought he was intoxicated behind the wheel and resisting arrest in November 2010. He says they used excessive force and seriously hurt him when they pushed him to the ground, hitting him with a baton and handcuffing him.
Fried's attorney Aaron Freiwald said the case "ultimately comes down to whether a trooper can treat a person who's having a medical emergency as if the person is drunk or high on drugs."
Attorneys for the state say Fried declined an ambulance and gave inconsistent answers on whether he was diabetic.
The troopers said in police reports that the struggle ensued after Fried became aggressive, refused to take his hands out of his pockets and tried to walk away.
Fried has said he was in shock and doesn't remember what happened between the time police arrived and when he was placed in the back of a squad car.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, but the charges were later dismissed.
Fried, a television producer, told The Star-Ledger in 2012 that he once made a police training video on how to handle people who are suffering diabetic distress. He said state police did virtually the opposite of what medical experts have suggested in such situations.
The troopers said in court depositions they never received specific training on how to handle diabetic shock situations. A state police spokesman said Wednesday that the division's training regime includes medical emergency training.
Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com