A man died today after being arrested at the hospital for possession of paraphernalia.
Texas authorities arrested 28-year-old Tony Levy at Passmoore Plains Hospital after an off duty officer noticed Levy in the ER being in possession of a small pipe, known as a one-hitter, which they suspect was used to smoke cannabis.
Levy had an allergic reaction to a bee sting on his neck, swelling his throat shut. His friends acted quickly to make a tracheotomy with the only thing they had, a pipe, effectively saving his life and allowing him to breathe until they made it to the hospital.
Upon being treated, police surrounded the room, guns drawn as they placed him in cuffs and led him away.
A spokesperson for the police later announced that Levy had died while in custody after guards refused to give him his prescribed medications from the hospital.
An anonymous source, who asked that his name and rank not be published, stated that he witnessed two guards taunting Levy as he lie in pain, calling him a druggy and stating that they would not aid his drug addiction.
Both sources for Texas governor Rick Perry and president Barack Obama made remarks about the incident when asked about the death as it relates to the war on drugs.
Sources close to Perry stated that he said while grinning and combing his hair, “this is Texas, and you don’t mess with Texas! We will not tolerate drug users and I am proud to lead the nation in being tough on drugs!”
Allegedly Obama was said to be a bit more measured in his remarks, stating that while this is a health concern and not a criminal concern, that to ease up on drug users would “be a mistake.” He gave his condolences to Levy’s wife and three children but stated “make no mistake, while there will be collateral damage in what we’re no longer terming the war on drugs, we must continue forward! Had Mr. Levy not been in possession of that pipe, he would still be alive today.”
Drug reform advocacy groups are calling for an investigation into the incident stating that “what happened here is an outrage and completely preventable.”
While local District Attorney Jim McClain has stated that he will look into the matter, he doubts there will be any finding of wrongdoing. Until the investigation is complete though, the two guards involved will be suspended with pay.
By: George M. Spooner
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