Poll #4: George Zimmerman

Civil rights activist plays cop

I must compliment civil rights activist Jarrett Maupin for participating in some police scenarios with the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff’s Office and then appearing on air to discuss them.

I’ll just simply link you to the videos and skip the words.

The original story:

Raw video of scenario with aggressive unarmed subject:

Raw video of scenario with burglary suspect:

Raw video of scenario with non-compliant subject:

The ideal ride-along policy

While I enjoy sharing the very basic facets of emergency service work with people who are interested or just starting out, there are, as I have said many times before, plenty of people who are simply not cut out for this type of work but mistakenly think they are, usually because of 9/11 and TV and movies. There are also plenty of civilians and politicians who think we sit around and drink coffee all day, also usually because of TV and movies.

I’m not saying this work is so difficult that we, and only we, can do it. Quite the contrary – monkeys can physically do what I do, and it is here where the key to this work lies. Rather, it’s the non-physical side of this work that makes it difficult. Anyway, directly or indirectly, we’ve covered this ground many times before.

The usual ride-along arrangement is some 9-to-5 slot or a single 12-hour shift during the day. I really dislike this. Ride-alongs get but a fleeting glimpse into what we do. They need to do an entire month. Minimum. Whatever the schedule is – nights, weekends, 24 hours, 48 hours, plus mandatory holdovers – they need to do every single shift for a month.

That should weed some people out.

And cut down on the number of assholes bothering me when I’m getting coffee.

Fuss weekly

Code 3 for abdominal pain. At the substance abuse group home.

A man is standing at the phone, obviously fine. He is being a dick right off the bat.

“Talk to them!”

I take it he wants me to talk to whoever is on the phone. At first I think it’s dispatch.

“Nah, you can hang up,” I deliberately provoke.

“It’s my doctor’s office! Talk to them!”

“What, so you called them and us? What a Chatty Cathy…”

I reluctantly take the phone. Then I realize I can probably get a better history from them than him anyway. And it gets me out of talking to this asshole.

“He’s comes in every week for his meds but the doctor is sick today, so he won’t get his meds until tomorrow. He says he’s in pain.”

I start zoning out and thinking about taking a year off. I can hear the side conversation he’s having with my partner. Blah blah blah pain blah blah 7 months blah.

“What meds does he come in for?”

“Methadone, Klonopin, Vico…”

“Got it. I’m going to go out on a limb here… this isn’t what we do, and this isn’t what the ER does, so your office had better figure something out with him.”


“Let’s go! Walk to the ambulance.”

EMS cliche #7

Code 2 for foot pain. At 4am.

Foot pain for 8 months.

“They didn’t do nothing for me. So I left.”

“I really doubt that they didn’t do anything. I’m guessing it was way more likely you didn’t listen to anything they said or follow any of their instructions.”

I’m sure you’ve heard this one a bunch of times.

That’s the homeless patient detailing his attempts to seek medical care in the 8 months leading up to this huge medical emergency at 4am.

It sure seems like the patients who love to regale us with stories about how hospitals never do anything for them are always demanding to be transported to said hospitals so they can once again get nothing from them.

Talk less, do more

One of the most notable developments after the stunning killings of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu is the public battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio, among other people, and the law enforcement community. De Blasio, in particular, has been criticized as not saying anything about the more hateful and violent incidents during the weeks-long protests in the wake of the Ferguson and Staten Island incidents.

It did not help matters that de Blasio ran for Mayor on a platform that some see as less than appreciative of the NYPD.

“This is a nightmare of the highest magnitude for everyone,” said Michael Palladino, president of the Detectives’ Endowment Association. Leaders at City Hall, he added, “need to dig down deep in their souls and understand that campaigning to be a leader is easier than being a leader.”

I speak from experience that politicians can SAY all they want about how they support law enforcement and emergency services as a whole, but the only thing that matters is what they DO or NOT DO about all the issues that we care about.

Put your money where your mouth is.

You call, we haul. Now get in the friggin' ambulance.

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