Monday, November 23, 2009

Aftermath of a Pechanga Beating: One Year Later, Victim of Abuse From Pechanga Security Guards Still Suffers

In November of 2008 we had the story of Richard Swan, who was beaten by Pechanga Casino guards.

"Suddenly without warning I was jumped from behind by two security men and violently thrown to the ground. I kept telling them to stop, that I was a 70 year old man with a pacemaker and took a blood thinning prescription Coumadin. But they didn't care.

They slammed my head into the marble floor and dragged me to their security room. I feared for my life knowing that the Coumadin I am taking could cause severe bleeding. If I bled internally or developed a clot in my head I'd be dead. By the grace of God I survived."

We contacted Richard's wife to see how they were doing and her reply:

Yes it has been over a year. A year of hell to be exact. Richard suffered from concussion from the incident, which left him with frontal lobe disorder. The Psychoneuroligst said this kind of injury can lead to Alzheimer disease.

I have been stressed to the max and am seeing a shrink, taking zolof and on and on it goes. The stress went to my mouth and have had very bad problems with bleeding gums and sores. Is painful and irritating

See the link above or click on the picture on the left to read the story with additional links. We hope the next year brings better health to the Swan family. Is it safer to NOT GO to Pechanga?


'aamokat said...

Is Pechanga taking care of Mr. Swan's medical bills?

After all one of the security guards was fired, I am assuming for not following proper procedures, so isn't that acknowledging negligence on Pechanga's part?

After all if there wasn't any wrong doing, then why fire the man?

Also, isn't some sort of settlement, in addition to medical bills, in order for pain and suffering?

If he isn't adquately confensated, that is just plain wrong.

Come on Pechanga regarding Mr. Swan, do the right thing for once.

Anonymous said...

Pechanga's record shows it has never done the right thing. Rather they go out of their way to do the wrong. Your time is up, the tribe has spoken.

Anonymous said...

Is it any surprise that Pechanga would beat old people?
The way they treated their own Silver Feathers from the Apis and Hunter families?
And the way they deprive elders from the Tosobal family now?

Seniors, stay away

'aamokat said...

Anonymous of November 24, 2009 7:24AM said:

"Is it any surprise that Pechanga would beat old people?
The way they treated their own Silver Feathers from the Apis and Hunter families?"

What some people don't understand is that it wasn't all of the descendants of Pablo Apis that were disenrolled and who were in effect mistreated elders as there are plenty of Apis descendants still in the tribe.

The Lukers, the Picos, and several other families are also Apis descendants.

It was the descendants of one of his granddaughters Manuela Miranda who were disenrolled.

In fact the descendants of Candaralria Nesecat Flores, the sister of M. Miranda including current tribal elder Francis Miranda, were cleared from disenrollment despite the fact that they too couldn't meet the overly restrictive requirments that the M. Miranda descendants were held to.

It is a clear violation of Article V of the Band's constitution and bylaws forbidding malice or predjudice of tribal members.

Because if the C.N. Flores descendants were cleared from disenrollment, then their blood relatives the M. Miranda descendants also should have been cleared from disenrollment.

Anonymous said...

If a tribe is sovereign, doesn't that give them the right to beat any customer they want?

What's one old man anyway?