Monday, June 16, 2008

Hospital Calls Cops And Feels The Sting

by Maura Lerner - June 15th, 2008 - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

When the emergency room staff at Northfield City Hospital thought an obviously disturbed patient was about to turn violent, they did what many hospitals do in that situation: They called the police.

In this instance, officers used a Taser to shock the man. The patient dropped to the floor, was injected with medications and transferred to the psychiatric unit at another hospital, according to an official report about the February incident.

Now federal and state health officials have cited the Northfield hospital for violating the patient's rights.

This is another case in the growing idea that every situation must have a positive description of what to do and how to do it, or judges get to second guess actions. The hospital here spent 5 hours trying to subdue the patient before resorting to calling the police.

The bizarre idea that a patient who turns violent is owed some special care to determine if he is violent in such a way that the police can be called is typical of the growing insanity of the idiots we call judges. Violence is violence. However in America today, you may not protect yourself from the violence of others. You must wait for the police, acording to idiot judges. Now the idiot judges argue that if you call for the police too soon, or in the wrong circumstance, the violent person can sue YOU.

I can just see it now, trying to read the manual about when you can call the police in the middle of a violent confrontation. "Let's see, in paragraph 5 it says blah, blah, blah . . . so I get to call?"

Let's call this what it is. Judicial insanity.


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