Judge for yourself from this video showing the final moments of Joshua Messier’s 23 year-old life in state care.
After being restrained by all these big guards at Bridgewater State Hospital putting all their weight on him, you can see him turning blue and die.
Read for yourself today’s expose in the Boston Sunday Globe.
It begs the question: Was he killed by the state just for exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia?
As the video suggests, the man with diagnosed schizophrenia, here from a hospital for psychiatric evaluation for violent psychotic behavior in the first place, is having another episode, hearing voices, seeing visions, when state prison guards subdue him, hands and feet, in four-point restraint.
Ten minutes later, turning blue as his guards chat to each other beside him, he’s gone.
The explanation of the prison guards transcends belief. They know nothing about schizophrenia. They’ve had no meaningful training in mental health disorders. This at the state of Massachusetts’ prison for the mentally ill. (Despite its name, Bridgewater State Hospital is a medium-security prison.)
Of course they don’t. Why would they know the least about the most severe mental illness dealt with in psychiatry? They only have to deal with it every single day of the week.
Am I the only one who catches the cosmic irony of a man hospitalized for an illness being murdered, essentially, by the system meant to help him?
I have been restrained a few times to be given injections not because i was violent or anything but for not obeying a nurse. It was not a pleasant experience. The big built men get the job of holding you down.
Do you think it is overused /used inappropriately? What has your experience been?