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Viral video of police doing ‘Health Check’ on TikToker Sparks Debate

In a viral TikTok, police officers attempt to knock down a door before opening it with a key, allegedly to perform a “health check” Plymouth, Massachusetts. Health Checkup, also known as “welfare check, ”is when the police check someone might be in danger and suddenly have not been in touch with their family or friends for a while.

Once the officers get inside, they’ll take Mari Helena’s hand (user@Fear0fthedark). She did not walk and was dragged out by officers. They asked her to stand up and address her by her first name.

“Just go for a walk, young lady,” an officer told Mari. “It will be a lot simpler for you.”

The video ends with the sound of her shoes dragging on the sidewalk and someone telling her she’s “OK”.

In the comments section of TikTok, Mari, who posted the video on November 23, said that the police were called because the dormitory where she lived was worried when she did not answer her phone.

Mari wrote: “They forgot my phone and panicked.

The video has been viewed 4.6 million times and has more than 210,000 likes.

From November 23 to December 2, Mari posted more than 15 follow-up videos to add context to the incident.

In a TikTok appears to have been filmed shortly before the video went viral, Mari told police through a closed door that she would not speak to them.

“What do you want?” she said to the officer standing on the other side of the door. “I don’t want to talk to you.”

Mari said that when the police arrived, a housekeeper was outside the house”refused to give them the key, ” That’s why they tried to knock down the door. The TikToker also said that officers knocked down the door when they learned that the owner of the house (her friend’s mother) was on the road.

“They never knock,” said Mari in Other TikTok.

Mari says she is “a sexual abuse survivor” and that “men are scared” of her. She also posted a TikTok about another experience she had with police officers in which she was “held at gunpoint”.

According to TikToker, her friend’s mother and the EMTs came to the house.”the following way“After the police took her out of the house.

Mari said that she was 18 years old, and that she “check yourself in custody of the DCF (Department of Children and Families)” because she is not safe at home.

“I still can’t believe what happened to me,” Mari speak Her interactions with the police in the viral video. She also said she posted the video to “make people realize” that “calling the police is not something you do in these situations.”

Several TikTok users who commented on Mari’s initial viral video said that they had had similar experiences during police health checks.

“The same thought happened to us in [New Hampshire],” wrote user @vanessapopovich. “They broke down our door knowing we were fine.”

“They did this on my doorstep and threw some personal possessions outside and it was stolen,” @ilovelucy30 commented.

Others criticized Mari for how she reacted to the police and emphasized the importance of health checks.

“Answering the door and confirming that you are okay will avoid that and alleviate the situation,” commented @taliiaaxo. “It doesn’t have to go there.”

But some sympathy for Mari.

“Nothing helps like giving someone PTSD,” wrote @shogunvader_.

Daily Dot contacted Mari and Plymouth Police Department.


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* First published: December 17, 2021, 12:23 a.m. CST

Tricia Crimmins

Tricia Crimmins is a journalist and comedian based in New York City. She is studying at Columbia School of Journalism and is a regular contributor to the Daily Dot. She has previously written for Mashable, Complex Networks and Moment magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @TriciaCrimmins.

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