Fibromyalgia patient arrested for talking by Cleveland police
Mariah Crenshaw believes the relationship between Cleveland police and residents is strained. Her own experience with the police led to a lawsuit and a settlement. Crenshaw suffers from fibromyalgia, and she claims her health problems were a joke for the officers who mistreated her in jail.
Mariah Crenshaw’s story begins with a vehicle parked on the wrong side of the street in Cleveland. She admits her daughter was responsible for the parking mistake, but she planned to correct it after dropping off a grandchild. At this point, her story diverges from the one told by police officers at the scene. Crenshaw claims one of the officers, Margery Gerbec, was rude and told her to shut up instead of listening to her explanation. The officer claims Crenshaw was interfering with the investigation and acting in a disorderly way. Crenshaw insists she was arrested for talking, but officers share she was yelling and waving her arms.
Crenshaw called to complain about the officers’ behavior, but her plan to file paperwork at a station was interrupted by Gerbec arresting her. The grandmother states she was forced into the officer’s car while she was outside her home and taken to jail. She spent 24 hours in a cell before being released and later filed a lawsuit about this incident.
Mariah Crenshaw states she immediately informed the police about her fibromyalgia, but her concerns were ignored. She was forced to spend 24 hours in a cell without heat or a blanket. Crenshaw suffers from chronic pain and soreness related to her condition. However, the officers at the jail mocked her problems and laughed at her tears. The grandmother mentions they seemed proud of making her cry. Although her lawsuit ended in a settlement agreement with a $13,500 award, she has not forgotten the pain she endured in the cell.
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