Friday, 04 September 2015 / TRUTH-OUT.ORG
  • Police in Texas Hospital Shoot Patient in the Chest

    By Aaron Miguel Cantú, Truthout | Report

    Three days after police shot him, Alan Pean was awake and in stable condition. His brother, Christian Pean, says his condition is improving. (Photo: Christian Pean)Three days after police shot him, Alan Pean was awake and in stable condition. His brother, Christian Pean, says his condition is improving. (Photo: Christian Pean)Christian Alexander Pean, a fourth-year medical student in New York City, had been anxiously texting his father in Houston throughout the morning to inquire about his younger brother, Alan Christopher Pean, a patient at St. Joseph Medical Center in Texas. The night before, on August 26, Alan had called his parents to tell them he was in the middle of a panic attack.

    Alan's parents received a call from St. Joseph Medical Center that Alan was being discharged and was ready to be picked up. In the short time it took his parents to walk back to the hospital, however, something terrible happened to Alan. In the 10 minutes between the call to pick up Alan and his parents' arrival, two off-duty Houston police officers working security at St. Joseph used a Taser weapon to subdue Alan - and fired a single bullet into his chest.

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