Modesto, CA — He could have called a female officer to speak with the elderly woman. He could have asked to speak with her over a cup of coffee. He could even have taken a walk to think about his next move. But, instead, Modesto officer John C. Lee pushed 67-year-old Patricia Mugraue to the floor, breaking her hip.
The incident happened in January of 2015 when police were called to Mugraue's home by a tenant who said her landlord would not let her into the home to retrieve her belongings.
The elderly Mugraue, who spent her working years in the Hershey chocolate factory, suffered from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis. She told Lee she was "sick" when he asked her how she was doing.
Mugruaue proceeded to explain to Lee why she wouldn't let the woman into her home. She said she felt like the right thing to do would be for the officer to go to the man's place of work, just around the corner, and ask him to come home, so he could be there while the woman retrieved her belongings from the room they were renting together.