Trump Irate Over Disturbing Footage of Elderly Man Being Brutally Beaten at Care Home


President Donald Trump expressed outrage over a video of a 75-year-old Michigan care home patient being beaten that surfaced on social media on Thursday.

“Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real?” Trump tweeted. “Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?”

Trump was responding to a video showing a brutal beating at the Westwood Nursing Center in Detroit, Fox News reported.

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In the graphic video, a younger man can be seen relentlessly punching an elderly man in the face. Both men are believed to be patients in the nursing home.

WARNING: The following video contains graphic violence and language that some viewers will find offensive.

“It absolutely shattered my heart. It just broke my heart how anyone could be capable of this kind of brutality,” Jo Ann Uhler told WJBK. Uhler had spotted the video on social media and contacted the authorities.

“How does this guy have free rein to just go into other patients’ rooms and physically abuse them and no one is aware of it?”

It is unclear if the nursing home knew about the brutal beating with WJBK reporting that Ann Arbor police were told the staff knew. According to WDIV-TV, however, staff told police they had not seen the video.

“Why has this been covered up because they are responsible for the care of these patients whether it be this young man if he has a mental issue or these elderly patients who can’t defend themselves,” Uhler said.

Detroit Police arrested the 20-year-old patient and the elderly man was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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Police believe the incident took place on May 15 as the nursing home remains locked down in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Westwood has been cooperating with the police and will continue to do so,” Saif Kasmikha, an attorney representing the home, said in a statement.

“The safety, health, and well-being of our residents remains a top priority of Westwood. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

Uhler wondered what would have happened if the nursing home had not been on lockdown and loved ones had been allowed inside.

“Honestly I think that if they were receiving visitors and family members, that this would have been addressed a lot quicker than something like this having to evolve on Twitter,” she said.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Prescott, Arizona
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