Wednesday, August 3, 2011

They are your Judges, Jury, and Executioners

The Chicago Tribune released an interesting article detailing a "belligerent" and "violent" man that local police were "Forced" to shoot to death.  In their defense, he did make them look bad by not only successfully resisting their attempts to fit metal restraints, but also being able to get on top of one of these well trained Police professionals and started to give him a good old fashioned ass whoopin'.    Police don't like to be bested, so the suspect had to be killed.... it was the only way.   Of course sketchy details have been released, like this one:

The two officers were taken local hospitals, at least one to Northwestern Memorial Hospital -- one in good-to-fair condition, the other in fair-to-serious condition, Knight said. They were not shot, but he had no other details.
 Being the skeptic that I am when someone is murdered by Police officers, I am unsure of what "fair-to-serious" condition means when the article goes on to read:

The statement from News Affairs confirmed the injuries to the officers were not considered life-threatening
 In case you don't know what hospital ratings mean, I looked it up from this advisory:  (2003-02-01). AHA : Advisory : HIPAA Updated Guidelines for Releasing Information on the Condition of Patients. American Hospital Association.

Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.
Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable
 To me this indicates that it is impossible for a patient to be in "fair-to-serious" condition, as those two states are very different.    If a patient can't be assessed as fair or serious, they would fall into the "undetermined" category, but seeing as the "injuries are not considered life threatening" this would lean to the patient being in fair condition, which seems to match the facts that he got his face beaten on, and his partner pepper sprayed him.   Here are more details from the story, see if you can follow it:

On arrival, the officers confronted the man, Camden said. At some point, the sergeant put a handcuff on the man’s wrist, Camden said. The man then at first became belligerent, then became violent

The female officer took out pepper spray, and tried to disable the man, unsuccessfully, Camden said. The man attacked the sergeant, and at some point was able to get on top of the sergeant, beating him about the head and shoulders
The sergeant said to the officer, “shoot him, shoot him.” But the officer was reluctant to fire because she was afraid of shooting the sergeant, Camden said.

Soon after, the sergeant was able to get his gun out and fired at the attacker, fatally wounding him, Camden said.

The sergeant was taken to Northwestern for treatment of injuries in the attack, as well as for injuries from the pepper spray, Camden said. The female officer was taken to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park for treatment of minor injuries.

Does everyone understand now?   If you refuse to cooperate with your own aggravated kidnapping by Police, and try to defend yourself against them, they will kill you, and they will get away with it.  The worst thing is, the news will make you out to be the bad guy.

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