April 20, 2012

Basically, you're crazy to invite police officers into your home

which is what you are doing any time you call 911 or other emergency services. The cops always arrive first. Their first priority is to protect themselves, and in a volatile, unpredictable situation, you never know when something will make them feel threatened enough to shoot somebody. It doesn't always end in tragedy, of course, but it can, and does. And when it does, the officers are hardly ever held accountable in any real way and remain on the job, meaning you could well draw the short straw and get one with a track record of recklessness or violence when all you really wanted was someone to take granny to the hospital.

To wit, here's another case of a family having trouble with a disturbed suicidal teenaged son. They expected "help" from emergency services personnel, and instead watched helplessly as a sheriff's deputy Tased the kid, then shot him dead (three shots) when he tried to get up. You want that guy in your house when you need medical assistance, or, come to that, for any reason? It's almost guaranteed he'll be back on the job making more housecalls before too long. So, if you live in Keyes, CA, you have to ask yourself, do you feel lucky?

Here's another one, a suicidal guy Tased and beaten to death, apparently, on the way to the hospital.

(via Reason.)

Posted by Dr. Frank at April 20, 2012 01:07 AM

In San Jose and the rest of Santa Clara County, the firefighters arrive first. They can get anywhere in four minutes, are trained to handle emergencies, and usually the police aren't needed (based on the ratio of firetrucks to cop cars I see with lights flashing). I feel lucky to live in San Jose.

Posted by: Bill at April 20, 2012 03:54 AM