Barbara Dawson was 57 years old when she died on 21 December 2015. She had gone to the emergeny room of Calhoun Liberty Hospital in Blountstown, Florida, because of breathing issues. The hospital called the police when she refused to leave after being discharged. The police officer handcuffed her. As he tried to get Barbara Dawson into the police vehicle she collapsed and died.
The police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing. The hospital was fined $45,000 after the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration found 10 deficiencies related to Barbara Dawson's death.