Diabetic Man Sues NYPD for Allegedly Denying Him Insulin After His F Train Arrest
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — A diabetic man is suing the NYPD after he was arrested and allegedly kept from getting an insulin shot for 30 hours, the New York Post reported Tuesday.
Juan Castillo, 25, claims he was riding the F train from his job in Manhattan to Queens last September when he took his morning shot. After injecting himself, Castillo reportedly rested his leg on a seat next to him.
An officer on the train then allegedly saw Castillo and arrested him for disorderly conduct — despite the man’s pleas that he was diabetic.
"Mr. Castillo momentarily lifted his right knee up and wedged his right heel on his seat, underneath his right buttock, so that he could more easily rub his thigh at the injection site," according to legal papers cited by the Post.
After more than 30 hours he was finally released after a judge dismissed the case.
Castillo was then reportedly taken to Metropolitan Hospital, where he spent two days recovering, the suit claims.