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Video shows security approaching black man who allegedly thought he was stealing cars

of a kidney patient The daughter continues to fight for her father, who was beaten by security guards at a St. Louis hospital when they mistook him for a car thief in the hospital parking lot, according to a lawsuit.

Hughie Robinson, 52, left Barnes-Jewish Hospital in April 2021 after four days of preparing for a kidney transplant when the hospital called to say he forgot his wallet.

Robinson, who was dealing with stage 4 kidney failure, had been “drugged” and left in a “debilitated state” during his hospital stay, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

He was still wearing his hospital wristband and had a parking ticket in his pocket after he retrieved his wallet from the hospital and headed back to his car, but then couldn’t find his vehicle, according to the newspaper.

He wandered into the parking lot because he had actually parked in a different garage, the newspaper said.

His lawsuit says security officers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, including an officer “who had been previously assigned to help” him find his car, “forcibly grabbed” him, tackled him, beat him and jumped on him.

″[Robinson] he yelled that the guards were hurting him,” the lawsuit says. “At least one of the guards responded: ‘Fine.’ The guards then forced Hughie to put a pair of handcuffs on him.”

The suit says security guards detained him in a basement interrogation room, where they banged his head against a wall and told him not to return to hospital property.

Robinson, who ended up not receiving a transplant, died of his illness less than a year after the incident, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Chelsea Robinson now represents her father, who in June 2021 had started the lawsuit accusing the hospital of assault, battery and unlawful detention.

In an interview with Newsweek, Chelsea Robinson said her father was “traumatized” by the guards but had yet to return to the hospital for further treatment.

“I’ve always known him as the tough guy, you know, he’s the man of the house,” he said.

“Of course I would push and move on,” despite the trauma, he said. “But, you know, I’m her daughter, you know those things. You can tell when the person you care about most is sad.”

She told Newsweek that her father’s race might have influenced the security guard’s actions. “He is a black man looking for his vehicle.”

“I don’t want to point fingers, I just want to justify the fact that they put their hands on my father and nothing happened. They got away with it.

The Atlanta Black Star, which shared videos of the interaction between security guards and Robinson, reported that the hospital tried to “suppress” the videos, citing concerns about patient privacy.

A St. Louis Circuit Court judge had approved an order blocking release of the video, but later reversed it after Robinson’s attorney, Rick Voytas, argued there were no “identifiable patients” in the video, the report reported. Newspaper.

A hospital spokesperson told Newsweek and Post-Dispatch that it does not comment on current litigation.

HuffPost has contacted Robinson and the hospital for further comment.

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