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Cops Arrest, Handcuff Woman Having a Diabetic Attack

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office in New Mexico is investigating the arrest of a woman who police thought was drunk, but was actually suffering a diabetic attack.

A severe diabetic attack caused Revina Garcia to crash into a truck last Friday. Police video shows cops breaking her car window to pull her from the vehicle and leaving her face-down on the pavement handcuffed, until she was placed in the back of a police car.

Paramedics arrived 10 minutes later and treated her. Garcia says she's amazed she's still alive.

“I'm surprised I didn't go into a coma in the back of that police car,” she said.

Garcia said police need more training on how to recognize the difference between someone who is drunk and someone who is having a medical emergency.

Santa Fe County Sheriff Robert Garcia says they're investigating the incident and will meet with the family. He plans to discuss ways that law enforcement can make sure medical issues are considered at each scene and treated properly.

“What concerns me is there's no need to lay someone on the ground for that amount of time, there were other deputies around that could have assisted in at least sitting her up,” the sheriff said. “In this case there was no resistance. We are looking at that very seriously.”

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Mississippi Agrees to Stop Handcuffing Students to Poles

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(JACKSON, Miss.) -- Students will no longer be handcuffed to poles in a Jackson, Mississippi public school.

The Capital City Alternative School, Mississippi’s second largest school district, reached the agreement with the Southern Poverty Law Center in U.S. District Court on Friday. They agreed to immediately stop the practice of handcuffing their students to poles and other objects, and must immediately place new methods of discipline in dealing with non-criminal behaviors.

According to the settlement, no student under the age of 13 can be handcuffed. Students over the age of 13 may be handcuffed only for crimes, but must not be handcuffed to stationary objects.

Jody Owens, director of the Mississippi office of the Southern Poverty Law Center, says the way the school dealt with discipline in the school was tantamount to child abuse, “We have some students who have gone on record to say it’s happened to them three or four days in a row. We know there are some students who actually had to eat their lunch with one hand handcuffed to a railing.”

Owens told ABC News that she is happy with the outcome, “We're excited to have a comprehensive settlement that changes not only the practice of handcuffing kids to railings but in addition the settlement focuses on changing the overall climate of this school from one that's jail like to one that focuses on education.”

In June 2011, the lawsuit against the Mississippi school distrcit was filed by Jeanette Murray whose son suffers from ADHD. Murray said in her lawsuit that students were routinely handcuffed for dress code violations.

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Kindergartner Cuffed After Tantrum in Principal’s Office

Wavebreak Media(MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.) -- The police chief in Milledgeville, Ga., Tuesday stood by his officer’s decision to handcuff a 6-year-old girl and hold her at the police station after she became unruly in the principal’s office at her school.

“The student was never placed in a holding cell or jail cell and the student’s safety was of the utmost importance,” Police Chief Dray Swicord said Tuesday.

Salecia Johnson, 6, was sent to the principal’s office for pushing two other students and throwing items off her teacher’s desk, according to the police report.

The child didn’t go to the principal’s office without a fight. "Johnson refused to go inside and began running down the hallway screaming,” the report stated.

Once she finally entered Principal Dianne Popp’s office at Creekside Elementary School, the kindergarten student allegedly tore items off the walls and threw furniture, striking her principal in the leg. She also jumped on a paper shredder, tried to break a glass frame and bit the door knob in an effort to escape, police said.

After several unsuccessful attempts to contact her parents, Salecia’s hands were placed behind her back and cuffed.

The responding officer cuffed the kindergartner “for the student’s safety as well as others,’” Swicord said.

She was transported to the Milledgeville Police Department where the handcuffs were removed. The girl was placed in a patrol briefing room and given something to drink, Swicord said.

Salecia’s aunt, Candace Ruff, was reached by police and agreed to pick up her niece at the station.

“She was very scared because she said she was alone by herself and couldn’t get out. She was terrified,” Ruff said.

The kindergartner was charged with simple assault and criminal damage to property.

Due to her age, she will not be prosecuted, but her case will be turned over to social services for any assistance she may need, Swicord said.

The girl’s  family is furious that law enforcement got involved in what they viewed as a school disciplinary issue. "What is the purpose of counselors and other aides in the school system when they just call law enforcement to calm a child when they act out?” Ruff said.

Creekside Elementary was unable to be reached for comment.

Salecia has been suspended for the rest of the school year, Ruff said.

“I really doubt her parents would like to send her back [to Creekside Elementary],” she said.

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Couple Arrested Over Valentine's Day Role Play

Courtesy: Portland Police Bureau(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- One couples’ bondage role play on Valentine’s Day ended in handcuffs.

Portland, Ore. police received a call Tuesday afternoon that a naked woman was tied up in the back of a Subaru last seen leaving a supermarket parking lot. Police deployed “at least nine cars” to look for the SUV and even alerted authorities in Washington in case the car crossed the state line.

Twenty minutes later, the Subaru was seen pulling into the driveway of the registered owner’s address. Nikolas Harbar, 31, who was the driver, told police that he and his girlfriend were “doing some Valentine’s Day role playing.”

Once police confirmed with Stephanie Pelzner, 26, that she was voluntarily nude and tied up, they slapped a pair of cuffs on the couple and booked them on one charge of disorderly conduct in the second degree.

“Role-play all you want,” Sgt. Pete Simpson told ABC affiliate KATU. “But when you do something that is going to generate a 911 call, you should probably do it at home.”

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