It has been reported that Roger Gorley was visiting his sick partner when he was asked to leave the room by a member of Allen’s family. The incident happened at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. When Gorley refused to leave, hospital security forcibly removed him from the property in handcuffs.
The initial story can be read here.
How things unfolded may have been far from what Gorley initially reported. Research Medical Center has issued their side of the story and have stated that Roger was asked to leave Allen’s room because the hospital did not want any visitors in the room at the time. Allen was apparently admitted due to psychological reasons.
According to the police report, Roger was told to leave the room by nurses and security, but refused. The report then says that “After several verbal attempts to get [Gorley] to leave the room, he continually refused and began to cause a disturbance. [He] began to cause a disturbance by physically resisting security officers as they escorted him out of the patient’s room.”
The arrest documents note that Roger was placed into handcuffs after a short struggle with hospital security, and that police were asked to remove Roger and charge him with trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was then taken to the police station and booked.
The hospital has issued this statement saying:
We believe involving the family is an important part of the patient care process. And, the patient`s needs are always our first priority. When anyone becomes disruptive to providing the necessary patient care, we involve our security team to help calm the situation and to protect our patients and staff. If the situation continues to escalate, we have no choice but to request police assistance.
The hospital’s VP of Marketing and Public Relations, Denise Charpentier, issued a statement saying:
“Research Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in Kansas City to offer domestic partner benefits, which have been in place since 2005, and we have had a policy specifically acknowledging domestic partners’ visitation rights in place for years.
“This was an issue of disruptive and belligerent behavior by the visitor that affected patient care. The hospital’s response followed the same policies that would apply to any individual engaged in this behavior in a patient care setting and was not in any way related to the patient’s or the visitor’s sexual orientation or marital status. This visitor created a barrier for us to care for the patient. Attempts were made to deescalate the situation. Unfortunately, we had no choice but to involve security and the Kansas City MO Police Department.”
Any ban on Roger’s visitation to Allen has been lifted.