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Man injured after police altercation

A 65-year-old Silver Spring man remains hospitalized in critical condition today after a Sunday night clash with Montgomery County police, officials said Wednesday.

Officers used an electronic-stun device and pepper spray to subdue the man. At one point, responding medics treated him and left, only to be called back after officers noticed he had slipped into unconsciousness, according to police accounts.

It isn't clear if the police caused his medical issues or if they existed before the police arrived.

A police spokesman said that based on initial reports, the use of stun and spray appeared to be appropriate, but the department is investigating.

The incident began about 7:33 p.m. Sunday, when police received a call for a suspicious situation in the 11400 block of Lockwood Drive in the White Oak area. The caller said a man appeared to be on drugs or had “something wrong with him,” according to police.

The first officer arriving encountered Karreem A. Ali, who matched a description given by the caller. She found him in a stairwell of an apartment building.

Ali didn’t respond to the officer’s questions, police said. She tried to escort him out of the stairwell. “Ali physically resisted the officer’s attempts and a struggle began,” police said in a statement.

A building occupant saw the struggle and called 911 to report that an officer needed help, police said. A second officer arrived.

Ali continued to resist, police said. The officers used a “contact-tase” device and the pepper spray, police said. “Ali continued to struggle but was ultimately handcuffed,” police said.

Officers called medics from the county’s Fire and Rescue Service. They treated him and left, police said. While placing Ali in a transport van, police said, officers noticed he was not responsive and initiated CPR. Medics were called again, and he was taken to Holy Cross Hospital, police said.

This item has been updated since it was first posted.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | October 13, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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Comments

Ali Kareem... sounds like an olive skin Muslim to me, huh? Maybe black? 65 years old? Yeah, that's a threat.

Imagine if he is diabetic and posed no threat other than being non-white.

Montgomery County police are much, much more concerned with going home safely and collecting their tax-free disability after 20 than actually protecting and serving us.

Posted by: dskiff | October 13, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, shut the hell up.

Posted by: doxparadise | October 13, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope he survives to sue the county for millions. First, he didn't have to go with the police unless they had probable cause to arrest him. Second, they battered him with excessive force. The cops can't just electrocute everyone who doesn't jump to attention for them.

Posted by: pundito | October 14, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

"Ali didn’t respond to the officer’s questions, police said."

Despite what the police would like us to believe, that's not (yet) a crime in America.

Posted by: vfr2dca | October 14, 2010 3:20 AM | Report abuse

"Ali didn’t respond to the officer’s questions, police said. She tried to escort him out of the stairwell. “Ali physically resisted the officer’s attempts and a struggle began,” police said in a statement."

So...the officer initiated an assault. A "clarification" is probably needed so we can understand just how threatening the guy was. And then there is that pesky "probable cause" requirement.

Order more whitewash.....

Posted by: Over-n-Out | October 14, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, first, why do I care about a criminal who cannot control himself in public? Second, it is better than the old way where where he would have been beaten or shot.

No news here. Move along

Posted by: dbeins | October 14, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

"Hmmm, first, why do I care about a criminal who cannot control himself in public? Second, it is better than the old way where where he would have been beaten or shot."

No news here. Move along

Posted by: dbeins
________________________________________
Just curious, how do you know he's a criminal? The article never eluded to that. He may have suffered from a medical condition. If you felt there was "no news" here, why the ignorant comment? A comment might I add, with absolutely no merit!

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | October 14, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't the statement "something is wrong with him" imply that medical assistance is needed? Rather than tase, spray and cuff him why not have the medical team, along with police support, really tend to him rather than stabilize(?) and leave?

Posted by: ahs78graduate | October 14, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

You conspiracy theorists are absurd. Can any of you actually READ?

"Ali didn’t respond to the officer’s questions, police said. She tried to escort him out of the stairwell. “Ali physically resisted the officer’s attempts and a struggle began,” police said in a statement.

A building occupant saw the struggle and called 911 to report that an officer needed help, police said. A second officer arrived."

Apparently, the second caller to 911 felt the officer needed assistance due to the altercation.
Were any of you there to assess the threat to the officer's safety? I didn't think so.
For whatever reason(s) he was resisting the officers and THAT is was brought about the use of force.
How are the officers to know if it was a medical condition, someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol or just someone trying to injure/kill an officer?


Posted by: BigDaddy651 | October 14, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

BigDaddy651 I don't recall the report of an 'altercation.' If I were ill, confused, sitting in a stairwell I might very well resist the efforts of someone trying to force me to get up and walk some stairs. I'm sad to find out that MoCo officers even have Tasers, given their lethal track record.

I'm just sorry that "Ali" wasn't me. I could enjoy the next three years in court.

Posted by: technoir | October 14, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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