A group of bystanders encountered a couple who overdosed on heroin on a street in Memphis, Tennessee, but instead of calling out for help, they filmed the disturbing spectacle instead, laughing and heckling all the while, the Daily Mail reports.
The man was found unconscious, with his body lying contorted on a metal seat, while the woman, half-conscious, was crouched face down on the sidewalk with her legs folded.
At one point while the couple was being live streamed on Facebook, someone is heard saying, “This fella might be dead…I hope he’s not dead,” to which another one replied, “He’s got a pulse.”
Another one was heard joking, “That’s some good s*** they been smoking.”
According to WREG, a motorist called 911 to ask for help after seeing the couple lying on the sidewalk at South Pauline Street and Eastmoreland Avenue around 3:30 p.m. on Monday.
The Memphis Fire Department revived the couple, who were then taken to the hospital in non-critical condition, according to the police.
The husband and wife said they “snorted some heroin” in a Walgreens bathroom near their home, according to police.
Police then found out that the woman, Carla Hiers, had a warrant out for her arrest. She was taken into custody into Shelby County Jail on a $200 bond, according to Mirror.
It is not clear what happened to her husband after he was taken to the hospital.
The eight-minute video was live streamed on Facebook by Courtland Garner, who wrote, “They out here f***ed up!!”
“What they were doing was children things. It was a spectacle. It made me laugh. They can help themselves,” wrote Garner. “I know for a fact all the kids are on social media, and when kids see that video, you know what they are going to say? I don’t want to look stupid like that I don’t want to do those drugs.”
As of this writing, the Facebook live video has been viewed 1.8 million times and shared more than 20,000 times.
Many of those who saw the Facebook video expressed their disgust over what Courtland and his fellow bystanders did.
“Y’all [sic] couldn’t at least help them get on the grass. You’d be mad if it were our people out there being recorded and you know it happens. Come on do better,” wrote Mitchell Finesse.
“Whoever is filming this is disgusting…. They obviously are messed up, and instead of laughing at them you should’ve helped them… Ignorant,” Britany Alms commented.
“Smh I kinda feel sorry for them! But instead of laughing and teasing these people, someone should have called for help!! They have a serious problem!!,” wrote Thea SouthernfriendnDignified Lamb.
“I don’t know who’s more pathetic, the 2 that are overdosed, or all the people just standing around not calling for help for these 2!!! The guy on this video said he’s already been there 15mins, then takes a 9min video joking and laughing! Tell me again what’s wrong with society!!!!” Chad Allen chimed in.
Karen Morgan of Turning Point Recovery Memphis said that cases of heroin overdose have increased in the suburbs lately.
“People tend to think they’ve done it to themselves. Well no they haven’t. Their brains have been changed by the use of the chemicals,” she said.
The viral Facebook Live video was published just three days after disturbing photos showing two overdosed parents were found dead after their seven-year-old daughter alerted her school she couldn’t wake them up.
The police found Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, on Monday. They believe the couple may have been dead for days when they found them.
The released photos show the dreadful living conditions of the couple’s home, with bathrooms stuffed with piles of rubbish and appliances strewn out on the floor.
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