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Horrible moment when the police mistaken the victim of a stroke because he was drunk and threw him in a cell for 18 hours

Alan Ruel (photo) was left in a cell for 18 hours when officers assumed he was drunk

Alan Ruel (photo) was left in a cell for 18 hours when officers assumed he was drunk

Horrible surveillance images have appeared in which police officers confuse a stroke victim because he was drunk and had dumped him in a concrete cell for more than 18 hours before finally calling an ambulance the next day.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has left Alan Ruel, 73, 18 hours and 18 minutes in a jail cell in Canada because, according to lawyers, they assumed he was drunk.

Officers also failed to check him for 12 hours at all because his health continued to decline – despite the policy that officers must check for cells every 15 minutes.

Ruel is now suing the police for more than C $ 6 million for the incident, causing him permanent brain damage.

The trial began on July 16, 2015, when Ruel, from Alberta, Canada, had undergone a minor “disorienting event,” probably a stroke, the court said.

He went into a bar to visit his friend and because of the likely stroke, his speech was unclear, he was confused, his clothes messy, his pants undone, and his vehicle parked on the sidewalk.

Bar staff assumed that Ruel was drunk and kicked him out and called the police, the suit says.

Ruel claims that when officers arrived on the scene, he said he was not drunk and asked for a breathalyzer test, but they denied him a test and said they could smell alcohol in his breath.

The 73-year-old said he hadn’t even had a drink.

The trial began on July 16, 2015, when Ruel, from Alberta, Canada, suffered a minor “disorienting event,” probably a stroke, the court said. He was arrested when officers thought he was drunk and put in a cell

At the time of his arrest, the images show that he could walk around the cell

At the time of his arrest, the images show that he could walk around the cell

At the time of his arrest, the images show that he could walk around the cell

Officers could not control him for another 12 hours, during which time Ruel had collapsed several times on the floor, showing the images

Officers could not control him for another 12 hours, during which time Ruel had collapsed several times on the floor, showing the images

Officers could not control him for another 12 hours, during which time Ruel had collapsed several times on the floor, showing the images

Shocking surveillance images obtained by CBC then show that Ruel is dumped in a prison cell just before 7 p.m. that evening.

At the time of his arrest, the images show that he could walk around the cell.

Officers could not control him for another 12 hours, during which time Ruel had collapsed on the floor several times, according to the images.

A neurologist said he believes that Ruel had a huge stroke that night around 10 p.m. – a few hours before receiving medical help.

A neurologist said he believes that Ruel had a huge stroke that evening around 10 p.m. - a few hours before receiving medical help

A neurologist said he believes that Ruel had a huge stroke that evening around 10 p.m. - a few hours before receiving medical help

A neurologist said he believes that Ruel had a huge stroke that evening around 10 p.m. – a few hours before receiving medical help

Ruel has fallen against the wall

Ruel has fallen against the wall

Ruel has fallen against the wall

“I actually thought I was going to die at some point, and the thing that scared me was that I would die alone,” Ruel said

The images then show the man's condition further deteriorating

The images then show the man's condition further deteriorating

The images then show the man’s condition further deteriorating

At one point the 73-year-old sees himself dragging himself to the door and pounding on it. Ruel said he had called the guard to beg a glass of water

At one point the 73-year-old sees himself dragging himself to the door and pounding on it. Ruel said he had called the guard to beg a glass of water

At one point the 73-year-old sees himself dragging himself to the door and pounding on it. Ruel said he had called the guard to beg a glass of water

The images then show how the condition of the man continues to deteriorate, with Ruel lying half naked on the floor with one side of his body pulling muscle.

At one point the 73-year-old sees himself dragging himself to the door and pounding on it.

Ruel said he had called the guard to beg a glass of water.

He never got water all the time, based on the images.

Five hours after officers had checked Ruel for the first time, an officer was seen entering the cell to check him around noon after his arrest.

The shocking images show that the man is now lying motionless on the concrete floor.

Ruel is lying half-naked and motionless on the floor the next morning

Ruel is lying half-naked and motionless on the floor the next morning

Ruel is lying half-naked and motionless on the floor the next morning

Three hours later he did not leave the position

Three hours later he did not leave the position

Three hours later he did not leave the position

The officer tries to raise Ruel’s arm and drag him off the floor, but the man’s condition had deteriorated so much that he could not stand.

Another hour later – and 18 hours and 18 minutes since Ruel was first thrown into jail – he is finally taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Judicial documents state that guards were instructed to check Ruel at least every 15 minutes.

Ruel, a former offshore drilling consultant, told CBC that it was “probably one of the worst days of my life.”

“I actually thought that I would die at some point, and the thing that scared me was that I would die alone,” he said.

Ruel’s ordeal follows another incident at RMCP in 2008 where officers thought a prisoner was drunk before he died of acute pneumonia.

Images appeared of Raymond Silverfox, 43, mocked by officers while vomiting several times while locked up in a cell for 13 hours.

It shows that the man’s condition diminished as the hours passed, but again officers assumed he was drunk and did not seek medical help until it was too late.

Five hours after officers had first checked Ruel and 17 since he was first put in jail, an officer enters the cell to check him

Five hours after officers had first checked Ruel and 17 since he was first put in jail, an officer enters the cell to check him

Five hours after officers had first checked Ruel and 17 since he was first put in jail, an officer enters the cell to check him

The shocking images show that the man is now lying motionless on the concrete floor. The officer tries to raise Ruel's arm and drag him off the floor, but the man's condition had deteriorated so much that he could not stand

The shocking images show that the man is now lying motionless on the concrete floor. The officer tries to raise Ruel's arm and drag him off the floor, but the man's condition had deteriorated so much that he could not stand

The shocking images show that the man is now lying motionless on the concrete floor. The officer tries to raise Ruel’s arm and drag him off the floor, but the man’s condition had deteriorated so much that he could not stand

An ambulance is finally called and an hour later - and 18 hours and 18 minutes since Ruel was first thrown into jail - he is finally taken to the hospital for medical treatment

An ambulance is finally called and an hour later - and 18 hours and 18 minutes since Ruel was first thrown into jail - he is finally taken to the hospital for medical treatment

An ambulance is finally called and an hour later – and 18 hours and 18 minutes since Ruel was first thrown into jail – he is finally taken to the hospital for medical treatment

Judicial documents state that guards were instructed to check Ruel at least every 15 minutes

Judicial documents state that guards were instructed to check Ruel at least every 15 minutes

Judicial documents state that guards were instructed to check Ruel at least every 15 minutes

Silverfox was eventually rushed to the hospital when he was found immobile 13 hours later, but died in the hospital.

Ruel is now suing the police after authorities have seen his symptoms as drunkenness and have not offered him medical help.

The lawsuit states that four years after the trial, Ruel still suffers permanent damage, suffers from a reduced function on the left side of his body and is limping.

Earlier medical assistance and access to water could have reduced the impact of the stroke, according to the neurologist’s report.

It claims that Ruel cannot work and that he and his wife have been left financially.

Ruel was never charged with a crime after his arrest.

RCMP has denied that officers refused water to the applicant and denied that he had undergone medical delivery prior to his arrest, according to court documents.

Officials said there were no “clear signs” that he needed medical intervention.

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