Memphis man in coma for 21 years after police beating dies

Memphis man in coma for 21 years after police beating dies

August 5th, 2012 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

MEMPHIS - A Memphis man who was comatose for almost 21 years after being beaten and hog-tied by police has died.

Pat Brunson-Ware told The Commercial Appeal that her son, Bert, died Thursday night after a short illness.

Bert Brunson was 22 in 1991 when Shelby County Sheriff's deputies stopped him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Two deputies say Brunson tried to grab a gun and escape when they stopped to let him use a restroom. Brunson was struck in the head with a nightstick, hog-tied and placed on his stomach in the back of a cruiser.

His mother says his oxygen supply was cut off and he was left in a persistent vegetative state.

Shelby County settled a lawsuit brought by Brunson-Ware for $3.5 million plus her son's medical bills.