It’s a little different scenario. When a Dr. is treating him, there is no threat of bodily harm to anyone in the vicinity. HAve the patient assault the Dr.s assistant as he is making a diagnosis and see how well he performs.
So we think that police officers should have to go through a year of medical training now?[/quote]
First, just to clear something up, if you honestly believe that doctors don’t ever find themselves in confrontations with patients, you don’t have a clue about what is involved. As far as that last statement, however, I would expect people who have taken it upon themselves to monitor the public as authority figures to also be knowledgable about the symptoms of a disease so common that soon nearly half of the people in this country will either have it or be on their way to getting it. This isn’t some rare disease that only those with medical training know about. This is DIABETES. Chances are, you have stood next to several people with it over the course of your day.
I don’t know if the officers used excessive force or not - I wasn’t there. But nothing I read seemed to indicate that they put a Rodney King hurting on the guy.
Their job is to subdue an unruly person with an appropriate level of force. I would be willing to bet that any of us would err on the side of a little too much force to control a situation than too little and risk losing the initiative and getting someone else hurt. [/quote]
If you have the power to hold a weapon and legally kill someone, you should also have the self control to monitor a situation before acting. Is it risky? Yes. Didn’t they know that before they became cops?
All I’m trying to say is that these situations are not as clear cut as people like to make them. I’ve never been a cop, but I’ve known several and heard some of their stories about trying to subdue people who look harmless at first and next thing you know, a cop has a broken nose or a derelict locked in a bite on his arm - possible transmitting God-knows-what.
As someone already mentioned, anyone with some size on them has seen the looks and the level of alertness from cops when just walking past them. It isn’t too much of a leap to think the same thing happened here simply because they saw a big guy standing in front of them.
The bright side is, I guess it’s a good thing he wasn’t a minority.