Man’s life saved by glass pipe, dies in custody after arrest for paraphernalia

pipeA 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An anonymous source, who asked that his name and rank not be published, stated that he witnessed two guards taunting Levy as he lie in pain, calling him a druggy and stating that they would not aid his drug addiction.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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50 thoughts on “Man’s life saved by glass pipe, dies in custody after arrest for paraphernalia

  1. RavynSkye May 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm Reply

    DUMB MUTHERFUCKING HILLBILLY IGNORANT FUCKS. They refused to give him a STEROID injection for his ALLERGIES because they didn’t want to “contribute to his ‘drug addiction’ because he was a ‘druggie’…” YOU DUMB FUCKS. IT’S NOT A NARCOTIC. IT’S NOT A PAIN MEDICATION. IT DOESN’T GET YOU HIGH IN ANY WAY.

    I’m a nurse, and a STEROID injection while you’re having an allergic reaction isn’t going to have ANY mood altering and/or euphoric effects.

    Police had NO RIGHT to PULL that man out of a HOSPITAL and take him to jail BEFORE he was MEDICALLY CLEARED TO LEAVE.

    FUCKING MORONIC POLICE OFFICERS!!! IDGAF if it WAS “paraphernalia”, it was KEEPING HIM ALIVE at the moment.

    POLICE HAVE NO RIGHT to be making medical decisions of ANY KIND. If someone claims to be in distress, they should be taken to a hospital BEFORE a jail cell, period. I hope this man’s family BANKRUPTS the city, AND the police officer personally over this tragic and totally preventable fuck up that led to a man’s DEATH.

    Over laws for VICTIMLESS CRIMES. POT. They suspected him of smoking POT. OMG THE HORRORS~… He should totally have DIED for his POT PIPE possession… oh, while it was IN HIS EFFING THROAT LETTING HIM BREATHE, no less. By an OFF DUTY OFFICER??? GET A LIFE, OFFICER FUCK UP. You weren’t even on the clock, and you wanted to get involved in a fucking POT PIPE BUST? What kind of Wyatt Eerp BULLSHIT IS THAT?!?? God DAMN IT, I’m just SO mad about this right now…

    • Bobby Prince May 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm Reply

      I concur 100%!

    • Matt B. May 16, 2013 at 7:56 am Reply

      It is not real it is a fake story…

      • LiTiNuP May 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

        Do you have prove that this is a hoax? It would relieve me of these ill feelings… I am so utterly depressed… I know Obama to be cold, but if he can think an American’s death such as this to be so nonchalant over a glass pipe not even being used as drug paraphernalia than I no longer want to live…

      • texasmp83 May 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        Tribune Herald is a Satirical Online Publication…

  2. Laerrus May 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Obama is a frigging idiot, he would still be dead as they’d have nothing to save his life with.

  3. Matthew B Thomas May 15, 2013 at 10:56 pm Reply

    Obama is a total hypocrite and a liar! Reading his response to this incident makes me sick to my stomach. The pipe is completely legal to purchase and own. And what is he terming the formerly known “war on drugs”? Let me guess, the war on us? Nope, that would be too honest for him!

    • Zach June 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm Reply

      You know that this is satire right…

  4. Vince Rossi May 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Leo, the Cowardly Lion, strikes again.

  5. Jeanie Stave (@jeanius80) May 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Obama stated “… Had Mr. Levy not been in possession of that pipe, he would still be alive today.”
    WTF? Mr Levys friends inserted the pipe in his throat to save his life, according to the article. SO it wasn’t his pipe. Mr Levy would still be alive today if the f*cking guards hadn’t refused to give him his prescribed medications from the hospital. the pipe has nothing to do with his death… O_O

  6. jimmy nimms May 15, 2013 at 11:10 pm Reply

    Nothing will happen to these monsters… and if the president said “wellp gotta be tuff on drugs” then hes a shithead. knowing that the officers got paid to assemble and bring down this touch hardened criminal really inspires me with respect for law enforcement….not.

  7. Kristen Ke May 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm Reply

    SO, who says the pipe was his? Some friends or passersby save someone with that thing, and that person goes to jail and is left to die? WHAT? Besides, I’m pretty sure that even in Texas the punishment for possession is NOT death.

    • Kristen Ke May 16, 2013 at 1:15 am Reply

      So this is fake? Thank goodness. Pretty sad that something like this is believable. Stranger things have happened.

    • Daniel Kreischer June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am Reply

      Indeed- it does say “using the only thing THEY had…” However with it intimately joined to one’s throat I can see how one might jump to the conclusion that it was indeed in his possession. I’ve lived in Texas all my life, and you get used to these type of things pretty much daily. While some of the police are showing greater professionalism and maturity, it is what it is, and it is going to take some time. Here in Bonham we have a wonderful Chief of Police, and it’s even rubbed off on some of the more senior officers I have met- but we still have the occasional throw-back to the old ways (last year for instance I was ticketed for running a stop sign that wasn’t even there!)

      -Nothing like the squad in Dallas empowered to herd the homeless downtown. Archaic, sadistic- probably appropriate for the task at hand, yet still distasteful.

  8. Angel Rodriguez (@arodomus) May 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm Reply

    This is not right at all. First of all there is no clear mention as to the whether or not the pipe was his. Furthermore, if this man was given medication by the hospital, and was in fact still in the hospital being treated when they picked him up, this is totally wrong. No wrongdoing? Here is a question for those cops, if this man had his medication, would he had lived? If the answer is yes, then criminal charges must be filed. This story needs some publicity, this is some serious bullcrap.

  9. Will LeVasseur May 15, 2013 at 11:32 pm Reply

    I’m deathly allergic to bee stings, scary to think that people could be so ignorant and cold towards another human being. I’d be more concerned with keeping someone with an emergency trach alive.

  10. A.K. Jonny May 15, 2013 at 11:45 pm Reply

    As a cousin of Gov. Perry, I’m sorry for the loss.

    • HOLYFUCKINGSHIT May 16, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

      if you are a cousin of that asshat governor goodhair, you have my total condolances on your accident of birth. if you do speak to him, please tell him that he is ” the leading ASSHOLE in the state”….. a fact i can attest to as i used to work for the mfer when he was state comptroller.

  11. Earl May 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm Reply

    This is clearly satire. Obama and Rick Perry commenting on a death? c’mon. Read the comments by the politicians, they are made up.

  12. Earl May 16, 2013 at 12:00 am Reply

    also ctrl + f for this on the page “Tribune Herald is for satirical purposes only.”

  13. Greg Allen Getty May 16, 2013 at 12:14 am Reply

    We call that murder. Won’t be any way to be safe in the world till we deal w/ Texas.

  14. Erica Fox May 16, 2013 at 12:25 am Reply

    Tagged: satire.

  15. rod kurth May 16, 2013 at 8:18 am Reply

    I’m not sure which is scarier: that someone felt compelled to write this satirical drivel or that a dozen commentators actually believed it is a true story

  16. Sam May 16, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    . . . or that it’s so believable . . .

  17. Die Werbar May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

    Hey they changed the spelling of gullible in the dictionary… First, there is no such place called Passmoore Plains Hospital. Second, the police wouldn’t just drag someone out of the hospital until he was medically cleared, and they shouldn’t (hypothetically) have drawn on him unless they feared he had a weapon. Third thank you Tribune Herald for continuing a “Redneck” Stereotype for the state of Texas, you wonder why we point and laugh at the majority of the country when the Recession hit us the lightest. Fourth, you really believe Rick Perry’s speech writers and Obama would respond like that come on, these are professional politicians who make a living on appealing to people and would have said something more on the line of, “We feel for the family and friends of this individual, we are looking into the case, and something will be done. Our stance on drugs is firm but no one should lose their life because of their poor choices.”

    • Taylor May 16, 2013 at 11:56 am Reply

      Yeah there is no record anywhere that this hospital exists. I feel like this is a bogus article.

    • Daniel Kreischer June 4, 2013 at 11:50 am Reply

      Die Werbar – you’re so right! I’m a Texan too- by birth and by choice. Rick Perry wouldn’t have much (if anything) to say about another ‘casualty’ of his police state, and Obama knows better than to chime in on something like this either. I recently moved from Dallas to Bonham, and boy what a difference! While there are those who don’t play the ‘alpha male’ game, for the most part you can smell the testosterone in the air around the town. -And we’ve got all kinds here- rednecks, goat ropers, cowboys… yee hah!!

  18. Brian McCullough May 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I hope everyone who see this article will remember that the marijuana movement is peaceful to our core values. But things like this make me want to start killing them back with extreme prejudice. However..If we did that we’d be no better than the dirty politicians who lead the drug war. The only course of action is to change laws on cannabis on a federal level and put stupid murdering cops in prisons.

    • Brian McCullough May 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm Reply

      PS. Of all the stupid laws on the books paraphernalia is on the top of the heap! You can make a bowl out of an empty pop can, or a toilet paper roll and some tin foil. Heck now that we use it in food every eating utensil is considered paraphernalia. Even an apple can work as a pipe. Are they going to outlaw fruit next? Give us a break. All paraphernalia is,…just an excuse to allow ‘Rouge Cops’ to commit ‘Hate Crimes’ on peace loving individuals who happen to use Cannabis.

      • texasmp83 May 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        PS this is a satirical article…

  19. Larry May 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm Reply

    It’s very sad when our law enforcement and president are the real criminals, and can walk away from murder. and be proud of it. This is a demonstration of what it will be like if we can not defend ourselves against tyranny.

  20. TriXteR Phillips May 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm Reply

    The insanity of the failed policies of cannabis prohibition fought through the War on Drugs is ever present in the comments made my drug warriors.

    • TriXteR Phillips May 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm Reply

      My comment still stands on it’s own but as it relates to this story I got owned by the satire. Well played Tribune Herald, well played.

  21. sutherncomfort May 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm Reply

    I am in tears after reading this he did not deserve to die like that to hell with the fools who denied him medical care.

  22. downcastmysoul May 17, 2013 at 12:55 am Reply

    You almost had me there.

  23. billy May 17, 2013 at 1:59 am Reply

    More and more jails will not had out any med.s that r not over the counters i know that 4 a fact a friend of mine has aids and had it 4 a long time they will not give him the med.s he need while his stay there so paying $ that he really cant afford 4 home arest with an ankel mondering is really the only way he probably can live throught this all pay up or die and thats no joke!

  24. NotAmused May 19, 2013 at 2:06 am Reply

    Well that is just bullshit. This is why I would rather die than go to jail. It be the same result. If your denied life saving medicine why not just shoot me right away. This is close to torture. NO this is torture. Plain and simple. They tortured that man to death for nothing.

  25. James Hale May 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm Reply

    With this story I keep remembering Obama’s “Spew” about Bullying and here he is COMMENDING it with PAY !!! Keeping the Officer’s Names anonymous and suspended with Pay tells me they are getting away with Murder but the College kid who posted GAY video’s of his roommate who later committed Suicide is in Prison, some things just don’t ADD-up in this fugging Country….
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  26. Brian Bates June 4, 2013 at 7:49 am Reply

    Folks….this is not a hoax,I checked SNOPES!!
    That means this criminal act of illegal arrest and TORTURE leading to a mans death is completely REAL!!
    The Texas incident is real and Obama really is a cold hearted monster…Texas Gov Perry needs to be slapped,HARD!!
    A man is saved by someone jambing a pipe in his throat…At the hospital some off duty cop has him arrested for possession of the pipe that was jambed through his neck…and he is tortured by denial of PRESCRIBED MEDICINE unto death in jail…
    If criminal charges are not filed in this case,something is seriously wrong and the Feds need to go in and arrest the cops involved for violations of the deceased’s civil rights…
    if not for outright MURDER!!

  27. Susan June 4, 2013 at 11:23 am Reply

    Wow…it’s amazing the crap people will choose to believe because their too lazy or ignorant to do a simple google search. Besides the fact that this site is labeled Satire, the only mention of “passmore plains” is in reference to this article. No wonder this country is such a mess. The hatred spewed against our President approaches mental illness. You people don’t even care that the story is totally fabricated, as long as it reinforces your hatred and bigotry towards Barack Obama.

  28. SKat June 4, 2013 at 11:54 am Reply

    So, you will read the entire article but nothing else? Satire. SATIRE. Not real story… ugh.

  29. tim June 6, 2013 at 11:14 pm Reply

    Its fake stories but its not right to post them like this making people think they may be real… Its as bad as the stories themselves.

  30. doug June 9, 2013 at 11:12 pm Reply

    yah wow, strait bullshit hicks,half of them are living 3o years in the past anyway, they say fuck it , let a pothead die, as long as i can have my guns, and all the ammo i want, cuz god knows the fucking us army might attack them and they may need 1000 rounds, all that shit is fucked up, and yah u can buy a damn pipe legally anyway, im sure it was parephenalia tho since im sure it had been used and had bud residue in it but still, in 10 years weed will be legal in most of the us i garantee it, especially northern us, just bullshit, thats like not giving a guy who od’d on heroin narcan, because he used heroin so he should go to jail before they save his life…………. fucking morons with there cowboy hats

  31. Shawn June 11, 2013 at 10:55 am Reply

    Are u all dumb as hell or what? Just shows how stupid people are wow you dummies really want to believe some bullshit way to use your time wisely!!

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  34. smith August 24, 2013 at 10:46 pm Reply

    i suspect this story is a hoax

    • James Smith August 25, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

      I suspect you may be right. That doesn’t change the facts of my comment, does it?

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