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Police Records: Husband Arrested At Hospital Was Aggressive Disruptive

Research Medical Center

Research Medical Center

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.

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7 Responses to Police Records: Husband Arrested At Hospital Was Aggressive Disruptive

  1. Sean Cody

    April 14, 2013 at 1:24 am

    • Herald

      April 13, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Thank you for the link, that information was quite helpful.

  2. Terry G

    April 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

    For an eyewitness account, which disputes most of the hospital’s and LEO’s version, see this…

    http://americablog.com/2013/04/interview-daughter-gay-man-handcuffed-husbands-hospital-bed.html

    • Greg

      April 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Of course Amanda Brown is going to back up dad.

      And she is also the leader of an atheist group in KC, and they ALREADY have a donation site up and running.

      Her credibility in this is debateable.

  3. political cynic

    April 12, 2013 at 12:42 am

    The brother who started it, Lee, was NOT removed-until 30 minutes later and at ALLEN’S request. The story is obvious:

    Lee (the brother and a cop) demands Roger (the Husband) leave.
    Lee and Roger argue.
    The hospital sides…with LEE. They have Roger removed and arrested-by the cops…my my.
    Half an hour later, Allen demands Lee be removed. Up until then the hospital did NOTHING to Lee-other than give primacy to him, as the brother, despite Allen and Roger’s relationship.

    This is EXACTLY the problem-the “family” can, under current law, FORCE the husband out-because a “gay relationship” does not make one “family”. Had Roger been female, or Allen been female, in a “marriage” LEE would have been removed. The hospital’s decision was CLEARLY the result of a decision that the BROTHER was family, while ROGER was not. No matter how they slice this, the decision was made SOLELY on the basis of the gay relationship being “of less value” than a “straight marriage”.

    Try again, hospital staff and legal department. The bottom line is ANY spouse placed in the position you placed Roger in would have been belligerent. Had it been me I would have been a HELL of a lot more than just “disruptive”.

  4. Susie

    April 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I’m not sure that the hospital is telling the truth. Nor is the police report necessarily accurate (especially given that the bigoted brother who started the whole thing is a cop himself – likely a member of the ‘good ol’ boys club’). An interview with the daughter-in-law is here: http://americablog.com/2013/04/missouri-gay-hospital-visitation-remove-research-medical-center.html