NAACP: Woman dies while being forcibly removed from hospital

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A woman who refused to leave a hospital after doctors discharged her died after she was forcibly removed by police.

The Florida State Conference of the NAACP and Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks told The Associated Press that 57-year-old Barbara Dawson collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went to seek treatment for breathing difficulties.

A police dispatcher who did not identify herself confirmed Dawson’s death Tuesday, but gave no details.

Blountstown Police Department chief Mark Mallory told The Tallahassee Democrat that officers arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

Parks is representing Dawson’s family. He said that doctors thought Dawson was stable and should be released. He said Dawson, however, felt like she was still having breathing issues and wanted to stay.