Woman, 71, breaks hip at police station

May 18, 2009 2:59:33 PM PDT
How did an elderly woman end up with a broken hip at a police station? The answer depends on whom you talk to.The woman says police in Queens roughed her up while arresting her, causing the fracture. But officers tell a different story. They say she tried to attack them and fell.

Elizabeth Gorden had to have surgery at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Last week, the 71-year-old fractured her hip inside the 107th Precinct. But how the injury happened is up for debate. Gorden's daughter claims a group of officers assaulted the senior citizen as she and several other people tried to file a complaint.

"I did witness a group of police officers come out of nowhere and just pound my mother to the ground," Sharon Gordon said.

Police, meantime, tell Eyewitness News that Gorden, her daughter and four teenagers became unruly in the stationhouse. They were asked to leave. When a captain stepped in to investigate, police say the elderly grandmother took a swing at him, missed and fell to the floor.

"Absolutely not," said Marquez Claxton, of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care. "And had she taken a swing at a captain, she would have been arrested, charged and put through central booking. That's a common sense answer to that one, so absolutely not."

Gorden's family and lawyer want a thorough investigation into what really happened inside the precinct.

"We want to make sure that police officers understand that when they do their work, they have procedures to follow," attorney Emmanuel Roy said.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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