Carol Gotbaum: a News Reader’s Notes

A woman misses her flight, becomes upset, starts screaming. This is not a scenario one would expect to end with the woman dead in a police cell within the hour, but that is indeed how Carol Gotbaum’s story turned out on September 28 at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport. On the one hand, Gotbaum was an alcoholic, known to her family as suicidal, on her way to check into a 30-day program near Tucson. Did she want to die? On the other, an airport surveillance video shows police officers wrestling with her on the floor of the concourse. Did they go too far?

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