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Drug addicts lose consciousness on the street as laughing crowd gathers around to film them in video
Shocking footage has emerged of bystanders laughing at a married couple as they fall unconscious after overdosing on heroin.The concerning video of the pair, taken in broad daylight in Memphis, Tennessee, was posted on Facebook Live by Courtland Garner on Monday and quickly went viral. It shows the husband and wife writhing on the floor after snorting the drug in the bathroom of a nearby Walgreens - while the crowd stands back and does nothing. Paramedics eventually arrived on the scene and revived Carla Hiers, 59, and her partner, who are both long-time drug addicts.
Hiers was taken into custody as there was an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was booked into Shelby County Jail on a $200 bond. Online records show she has been behind bars a number of times facing charges including theft, drug possession and fraud. Mr Garner posted on Facebook: 'They out here f***ed up.' He told the local WREG news: 'What they were doing was children's things. It was a spectacle. It made me laugh. They can't help themselves.'
Hiers was taken into custody as there was a warrant for her arrest. She was booked into Shelby County Jail on a $200 bond (mugshot left). Another mugshot (right) shows her after a different arrest in June
Although he is laughing on the film, he said there was a serious point and he believed it would help to discourage some youngsters from using drugs.
'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,' he said.
But Krista Sheridan commented on the video: 'I dont care what color, religion, economic status you are you deserve to be treated with common decency.....smh I doesnt matter if drugs cause this or not no deserves to be laughed at and treated like that.'
Karen Morgan, from the drug charity Turning Point Recovery Memphis, said the city and its suburbs were seeing rises in heroin overdoses.
She said: '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.'
There was a warrant out for Hiers' arrest so she was taken into custody but it is not clear what happened to her partner after he regained consciousness.