The fire extinguisher is not just for show
Hindsight is awesome. and we can play the "whatif" game all day. what if the officer didn't investigate the suspicious person, and just let him go; and 20 minutes later he pushed a grandmother into the path of a moving bus? what if they sent a social worker, and when the social worker made contact, he pulled out a handgun and put 3 bullets into their chest? what if no one was dispatched, and then Elijah broke into the caller's house, assaulted her and her family, and kidnapped her 3 year old daughter? of course, none of these things happened (and hindsight tells me none of them would have happened), but the officers didn't have the benefit of hindsight when the situation started.Point 1: Perhaps the officer could have simply observed Elijah instead of making direct contact. Perhaps they could have sent a social worker along or instead of an officer. Perhaps nobody should have been dispatched, as case law has set the precedent that police have no duty to respond. Perhaps many things should or should not have happened. I think that perhaps Elijah should not be dead.
Here is a whatif for you... what if Elijah and calmly spoke to the officers, answered their questions, and complied with their investigation? Perhaps he would not have died that night? No one was trying to kill Elijah... that was not their intent. And this is a tragedy, likely brought on by a medicinal error, with a contributing factor of the victim's own actions during the interaction with police.Point 2: Depends on the circumstance. We are not privy to everything the investigators will be so anything said here is largely speculation based off incomplete information. I do feel that this person did not need to die for walking down the street listening to music and not harming anyone.
So what are you saying? cops should stop responding to suspicious person calls? if the person is violent, cops should just let them do their thing? EMS should interfere with law enforcement actions? social workers should take the place of LEO in investigations? EMS should have been sent to investigate instead of LEO?This entire situation is a stain on our country's police and EMS forces, and we should be doing everything we can to earn the public trust back, or things are only going to get worse for us, not better. Anything that happens to the medics or officers involved are the result of the system we've implemented. It's on us to create improvements to the system if that is resulting in no-win situations for first responders.
It's very easy to say the cops suck, are racist, are bad at their job when you haven't been in their shoes. I've never been a cop, so in 99% of the situation, I give them the benefit of the doubt, because I am not willing to do their job. Ketamine is a drug that is used all over the country; was it used inappropriately here? maybe, but should an isolated misuse of a medication result in everyone not being able to use this (normally) safe medication?
This is a BAD situation, one where the facts don't support criminal charges (which is why the AG didn't charge them when it first happened), but due to political motivations, the local DA decided to charged these professionals. And when they are found not guilty, there will be riots and protests in the streets of racism, when the truth is, a criminal court is not the right place for this to be adjudicated, because the facts don't support the charge. Hopefully the public will learn from this, and realize they often play a greater role in these poor LEO interactions than PD training levels.