March 30, 2012

Don't Wear a Medical Alert Pendant

68-year-old man with heart condition triggers medical alert. System operator calls an ambulance. Police arrive on the scene, break down the door, and shoot him dead. A "warranted use of deadly force," according to the public safety commissioner.

Yes, after being Tased and shot with beanbags, this guy apparently did reach for a knife, but it still seems to me the last thing you want in a medical emergency is a bunch of armed "pumped" guys with warrants to use deadly force. The shooter has been placed on "modified assignment" but it's all but certain he'll soon be back on the job protecting and serving other customers, so be careful out there, White Plains.

Posted by Dr. Frank at March 30, 2012 01:46 PM