Barnes-Jewish Hospital security sued for assaulting former medical resident www..privateofficer.com
ST. LOUIS, MO. Jan 27 2012
A lawsuit filed in St. Louis Circuit Court Wedneday, claims Barnes-Jewish Hospital security guards twice beat a member of its medical residency staff.
It is a complicated case, and nothing has been proven in court, but the allegations are serious.
Osama bin Laden The claims are made by Oladimeji Alade, a former medical resident at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in the psychiatric program.
Alade claims that on July 8th, 2011, and July 9th, 2011, hospital security guards beat him, the first time in his hospital office and the second time near the hospital parking lot.
According to the lawsuit, Alade had a rocky relationship with the director of the residency training program, who Alade says did not approve of his taking time off from his residency duties for military leave. According to the suit, Alade is a Captain is theU.S. ArmyReserves.
Under pressure, according to the suit, Alade resigned his residency effective July 11th, 2011.
But on July 8th, three days before that deadline, Alade claims he came to the hospital to attend a retirement party and then begin cleaning out his desk.
And that’s when, while in his office, Alade alleges security guards came to the door, guns drawn, telling him he had to leave the hospital because he had been fired several weeks earlier.
Alade says he asked that the police be called and while waiting for them to arrive, he alleges the guards beating him, stripping him naked, and confiscating his personal laptop and USB drive.
“At one point in time, the human resource manager that was directing the activities of the security personnel crouched down, looked at me, made some racial statement and spat on me,” Alade said.
Alade’s attorney offers this explanation for the confiscation of the computer.
“They told the FBI and the police that my client worships Osama Bin Laden and thinks that the Ft. Hood alleged shooter, Major Hassan is his hero. The FBI investigated thoroughly and did not find anything whatsoever on my client,” said Alade’s attorney, Andrew Ndubisi Ucheomumu.
An FBI spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the attorney’s claims, or even whether the bureau participated in the investigation.
Alade alleges after the first beating, the guards, not police, took him to three hospitals, trying unsuccessfully to have him declared mentally ill.
The following day, July 9th, Alade claims he came back to the hospital to ask for the return of his laptop computer, but was told he could not have it. At that point, Alade says he headed for his car, but while walking to the parking lot, about a half dozen hospital security guards surrounded him.
Hospital security camera video shows Alade taking a seat on the ground, talking to the officers for several minutes. Then suddenly, the officers begin wrestling Alade to the ground.
“I begged them during that episode that okay please let me go you can see I am outside that is my car over there, I just wanted to go home. And they refused to let me go,” Alade said.
After that incident, St. Louis Police were called and Alade was charged with misdemeanor trespassing. But the charge was later dropped.
As for his alleged support of bin Laden or the Ft. Hood shooter, Alade denies ever giving any indication that he supported either man, saying of bin Laden, “he got what he deserved,” and of the Ft. Hood shooter, “he is unworthy of being in this country.”
The suit claims as a result of these incidents, Alade’s career has been damaged. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages from Barnes-Jewish Hospital and BJC Health Systems.
A spokesperson for the hospital says it has can not comment because the matter is under litigation.