MINNESOTA COPS ORDERED PARAMEDICS TO INJECT SUSPECTS WITH POWERFUL TRANQUILIZER – REPORT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

MINNESOTA COPS ORDERED PARAMEDICS TO INJECT SUSPECTS WITH POWERFUL TRANQUILIZER – REPORT

Police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have been ordered to “never suggest or demand” that paramedics use powerful horse tranquilizers on suspects, following a report that the practice had spiked in recent years.

The new policy order comes after a report by the city’s Office of Police Conduct Review found that paramedics had used ketamine on suspects during police calls 62 times in 2017, up from just three times in 2012. In some cases, emergency personnel injected the tranquilizer into suspects who were already restrained, causing heart and breathing failure and requiring the suspects to be medically revived, reported the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

“Our policy should be clear,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “Cops shouldn’t direct medical professionals on health-related issues, and medical professionals shouldn’t listen to them.”

Two local healthcare officials, Jeffrey Ho and Jon Cole, criticized the report for its “reckless use of anecdotes...to draw uninformed and incorrect conclusions.” In a statement, they argued in favor of sedation, claiming that it is sometimes necessary to avoid “allowing people to exhaust themselves to death.”

Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo did not comment on the specifics of the report, but credited it for helping his department clarify how it should interact with paramedics. Minneapolis police previously had no policy on administering ketamine.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wipe Minneapolis off my list of places to visit, ever.

I am neither a violent person nor a criminal; but the very notion that Minneapolis police have been able to successfully demand that ketamine be used by a medic to chemically restrain a person who is already in physical restraints, and that this chemical is so potent as to cause heart or respiratory failure?!?

Thank you, no.

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