Police officers have been filmed dragging a crying and screaming 93-year-old woman to jail in shocking footage.
Juanita Fitzgerald can heard shouting ‘you’re hurting me’ and ‘help!’ as the officers evict her from the home she has lived in since 2011.
They tell the 5-foot-tall, 100 pound woman to relax and insist they’re not putting any pressure on her. They said: ‘We tried to convince her.’
In the bodycam footage the 93-year-old can be heard crying out for officers not to hurt her
Fitzgerald had lived in the Franklin House facility since 2011 but it claims she refused to pay the rent
She lay down beside her walking frame in a bid to stop the police arresting her
In the video, police can be heard telling the pensioner ‘we don’t want to hurt you’
In the police bodycam video, she can be heard continuing to shout ‘no’ and ‘ow’ in a distressed voice as she sits in the ground by her walking frame.
An officer is heard telling the pensioner ‘we don’t want to hurt you’ in a video of the incident in Eustis, Florida.
Another officer can be heard saying ‘don’t scratch me’ as him and his colleagues continue their efforts to get her into a patrol car.
Fitzgerald is then finally put in the back seat of the police car after her efforts to resist being evicted.
She was eventually bundled into a police car and charged with trespass at the facility
The incident happened just days before Fitzgerald’s 94th birthday
Eustis police say they arrested her for trespassing after the Franklin House facility in which she lived reported that she has refused to pay rent for the past three months.
Karen Twinem, with National Church Residences, which owns the Franklin said Fitzgerald told the staff she held back the rent because she thought she was going to die soon, News 6 reported.
Fitzgerald also had complained about having mold in her apartment, but said the facility had her apartment tested and no mold was found, Twinem said.
She added officials contacted the woman’s family several times to try to get her help and even reached out to several agencies.
But Fitzgerald denied the allegations that she didn’t pay rent because she thought she was going to die soon and insisted she tried to pay in October.
‘I don’t have anybody. My family is in Tennessee and I told them not to tell my son anything that’s going on,’ she said.