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Man not apologizing for filming overdosed couple

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A shocking video of two individuals passed out from an overdose has gained worldwide attention not only because of what it shows, but because the people filming the couple are laughing.

According to police, the video shows Carla Hiers and her husband, Ronald, passed out after snorting heroin. The couple lives at a boarding house a few miles away.

Many people said they didn't think the video was funny. But Courtland Garner, who recorded the video, appeared to think it was. Garner is not apologizing for filming the couple. He said he knew someone had already called 9-1-1 and that is why he did not call and recorded them.

People who live in the neighborhood said they have seen the couple walking in the area and said they moved in about two weeks ago.

"We can't judge nobody, you know what I'm saying," neighbor Yvonne Fleming said. "I got kids that got problems. I pray for them too."

Police received a man down call at Pauline Street and Eastmoreland Avenue. When they arrived, they found the Hiers unconscious.

Ronald Hiers told police the couple had snorted heroin in the bathroom at Walgreens down the street.

The couple apparently walked about a block from the Walgreens to this spot where Carla Hiers was passed out with her face on the curb and Ronald was sitting at a MATA bus stop passed out. He had fallen backwards.

"I see other people laughing at it, but it's really a shame," neighbor Jalen Pierce said. "You can't be doing that in public, sniffing heroin. All those drugs got to stop."

Pierce said the couple, who are 59 and 60 years old, is not an example for young people.

"They [are not] supposed to be doing something we're not supposed to be doing," Pierce said.

The Hiers were transported to Methodist Central for treatment. Carla was arrested because of outstanding warrants for theft and drug charges.

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