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Elderly man says police beat him

By Lauren Pozen, Reporter, lpozen@kspr.com
Chris Bryant, Photographer, cbryant@kspr.com
Published On: Apr 18 2014 04:15:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 24 2014 05:18:12 PM CDT

KSPR's Lauren Pozen spoke to a 78-year-old man who says police in Humansville beat him.

HUMANSVILLE, Mo -

Elbert Breshears called an ambulance for his wife who suffers from dementia, but it was police who showed up first.

"The wife and I were standing about here, that's the window she knocked out. I was standing here holding her hand and she was wavering hollering help," Breshears said.

When police got there,"police car drove up, he bailed out ran over and knocked me down. He told me to get up, I told him I couldn't," he explained.

That's when Breshears says police got aggressive. "First thing, I know they grab me, threw me out there on the gravel. One of them sat down on my back, the other sat down on my head. They were trying to get handcuffs on me. I told them I can't get my hands up. I have no objection to being handcuffed," says Breshears.

By then paramedics arrived. Breshears says he and his wife were taken to the hospital. A doctor looked him over.

"He dug out the gravel out of my head and sewed my head up," he says.

Breshears says he first started having problems with police at the beginning of the year. What happened here, he says is unbelievable.

"I didn't know what to think. I never had anybody jump on me for doing nothing," he says.

KSPR stopped by Humansville City Hall to try and speak to the mayor and police chief in person. They declined an interview. KSPR did speak with the police chief over the phone. He told us Breshears faces three charges: abuse of the elderly, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer.

"I don't hit my wife. I've lived with the woman for 47 years. I love the woman. I can't help what she does," says Breshears. A man who tried to help his wife, ended up getting hurt the most.

"All I was trying to do was my job and this is what I got for it," he says.

Breshears' wife is in the hands of professional care right now out of Humansville. He is working on getting her help a little closer to home here. He is also working on getting an attorney and plans to press charges.