Video released by a small, Florida police department shows a 93-year-old woman being forcefully evicted from her home prior to being arrested after she refused to leave.
The nonagenarian was evicted after she fell allegedly behind on rent.
According to the Eustis Police Department (“EPD”), Juanita Fitzgerald was repeatedly asked to pack up her belongings and clear out of the Franklin House specialized living community but she refused to do so.
Deputies on the scene claim Fitzgerald said she wouldn’t leave unless carried out. So, that’s apparently what happened.
In the video, which is difficult to watch, Fitzgerald repeatedly screams as police manhandle her. She exclaims, visibly in pain:
Ow, God, you’re hurting me! Ow! Oww!
As the police attempted to remove Fitzgerald from the building, the elderly woman slid out of her mobility chair and onto the ground. The scene is chaotic as multiple officers attempt to constrain the woman.
It is presently unclear whether Fitzgerald was injured during the forced removal.
The arrest charge given to Fitzgerald was for trespassing. After being processed by the EPD, Fitzgerald was released and turned over to a caretaker.
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