Mistaken Identity: 63-Year-Old Man Wrongly Taken into Custody, Forcibly Injected With Antipsychotic Drugs

An innocent Meadville, Pennsylvania man has filed a lawsuit after he was handcuffed, taken into custody, and forcibly injected with anti-psychotic drugs after police refused to check his ID.

WPXI reported that Eugene Wright, 63, says he still has nightmares after what happened to him just six months ago.

Wright, now retired, said he was outside his home in June of last year when 2 Meadville police officers and a representative with Stairways Behavioral Health confronted him with false accusations.

“They explained to me earlier that day at 10 a.m. I was at an orthopedic office threatening people. I was at work,” Wright said.

He said they never checked his identity, but instead he was handcuffed and taken to Meadville Medical Center.

Wright continued to tell his captors they had the wrong person, but they still did not check his ID.

Wright’s suit claims false imprisonment, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery, civil rights violation, invasion of privacy and a loss of consortium with his wife. Carolyn Wright has joined Wright in the suit in suing the hospital, police and mental health agency for the loss of consortium.

According to a federal civil lawsuit filed Wednesday, doctors injected Wright with Haldol, an antipsychotic medication and Ativan, which is used to treat anxiety disorders.

“I was powerless. I had no control of what was going on down there,” Wright said.

The suit claims Wright has the same name as a different Eugene Wright who had been at an orthopedic physician’s office around 10 a.m. June 15, 2017, and made threats to hurt himself and others.

Doctors later realized they had the wrong Eugene Wright, apologized and gave him a $50 gift card to a steakhouse.

He filed the lawsuit against the police department, the medical center and Stairways Behavioral Health because he wants to send a message that it is not OK to treat people this way.

Watch the WPXI report below: