According to the Alzheimer's Association, 5 million Americans have age-related dementia, a disease that impacts brain function. The person who called told the dispatcher she had offered Sam a ride to the shopping complex, but she did not want to leave him there because he appeared confused.
Officers indicated they knew Sam ly had a stroke, they knew where he lives, and they ly spoke with his daughter.
Sam's daughter, Omedia Thomas, is his primary caretaker. She shared medical records with ABC In one report, she noted a referral to a neurologist. He would often meet longtime friends and relatives, members of the Assyrian community, and socialize. Omedia said her dad is frequently forgetful. Or his friends will pick them up and take him there. According to police reports, the Dunkin', Samurai Sam's next door, and the property manager, Tait Development, all complained about inappropriate behavior. Police said Sam would not leave for hours, stared into business windows, raised his voice, and got feces on the bathroom wall of one business.
Omedia said she tried to explain his medical condition to the businesses, gave out her phoneand offered to pick up Sam immediately if there were any further problems. Relatives say Sam has incontinence and wears a diaper.
They also say he had a stroke that left him physically disabled. Omedia told ABC15 that her dad needs someplace to go to socialize instead of staying in the house all day, every day. Options are limited. Omedia said many senior centers and public activities are unavailable because of the pandemic.
Randy Stewart, a Glendale Police Department spokesman. In these cases, we have victims.
Glendale police spokesmen told ABC15 in early April that their officers acted within policy, and the family never told police Sam had dementia. Omedia said, while her dad has not seen a neurologist, his primary care provider, a nurse practitioner, has documented his dementia and discussed ongoing treatment and care for the disease for the last few years.
Meantime, other Glendale officers put Sam in a holding cell to spend the night. After the officers walked away, they joked about whether the year-old soiled his diaper.
None of the officers made any comment about getting Sam cleaned up prior to the end of the video. Campos, an attorney who represents Sam in his criminal cases. In addition to his arrest, Sam was issued two misdemeanor citations for allegedly trespassing at the shopping center in March. Glendale police said Buffington is working on finding a solution.
They have also called Adult Protective Services and got a city social worker involved. It is unclear what, if any, services or options they provided. On Wednesday, a Glendale municipal judge dismissed all four trespassing cases against Sam. He was found incompetent to stand trial. She also said a nearby Starbucks seems more welcoming, and they will start to get coffee there instead.
When ABC15 called Tait Development, company executives denied any knowledge of the trespassing situation, and a follow-up request for comment received no response. The story is part of ABC15's Rethinking Policing series, dedicated to finding solutions that improve the partnership between officers and the communities they serve. In the coming years, there could be a lot more police encounters like Sam's, as the Alzheimer's Association calculates Arizona has the fastest-growing population of people with dementia in the country.
We look at new training options for police and a community-wide response to treat people with dementia with dignity.
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Rethinking policing: Family says Glendale PD jailed grandpa with dementia. Sam Thomas was arrested for trespassing at a Glendale shopping complex, but his family and nurse practitioner say the year-old has dementia. By: Melissa Blasius. How an year-old with dementia ended up in a Valley jail.
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