Injected with Amnesia Drug

Tennessee has been using a program for two years whereby the police can call someone to inject a sedative for unruly people on the street. Without their permission, of course and this program has been going on for at least 2 years now, probably longer. Here is one person’s experience:

Beasley said he had no idea what happened after he was injected.

“I woke up — I don’t know how much time had passed — with a sergeant standing over me telling me to sign here. I didn’t know what I was signing Ms. (Channel 4 I-Team reporter Demetria) Kalodimos. I just signed a piece of paper and was immediately right back out,” he said.”

Was he injected twice? The article does not say, but the fact that he was coerced into signing a paper without having the chance to read it and that he went right back out says to me he was injected twice.

Not even his attorney knew this had happened until Beasley told him.

This makes it easier for police to win court cases. How can the defendant defend themselves when they don’t know what happened in the first place? As we have seen they can be persuaded to sign papers they can’t read or understand, due to the influence of the drug .

Not to mention all sorts of physical abuse could happen to them and they would not know who did it, how many people did it, etc…

Even worse, most cities are using this policy:

“…It’s a given. When I surveyed the major metropolitan areas around the country, I think only two cities were not actively using it,” Slovis said.”

This means that most of us live in places that have this policy-even though it has not been publicly announced.

Slovis is the emergency medical director in Nashville who with another doctor came up with this policy for Nashville police officers. He apparently thinks this policy is fine since the police are not actually administering the drug, a paramedic does that. The person making the decision to call for the shot is the police officer-so the officer is essentially making a medical diagnosis. Something he is not trained for and no one knows what the medical history is of the folks receiving the shot.

For women this could be very serious since this drug is not recommended for pregnancy. I guess their excuse would be you can look at someone and know they are pregnant. That’s a fallacy of course-there are people who are pregnant that do not look like they are, but I’m sure these people don’t want to be confused by the facts.

At the end of the article, Slovis reassures us that the shots are given as a medical treatment, not a police function.

Even though the police are the ones that decide when the shot is needed? How is that not a police function?

I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you too….

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mrs. C
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 05:14:28

    Wow, no telling how many people might accidentally die from this. I guess they get immunity just like schoolteachers when people are abused.

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  2. Judy Aron
    Jul 15, 2008 @ 20:55:41

    OK – now this is really scary stuff…

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  3. rvewong
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 21:23:34

    I don’t understand how any agency could get away with this type of behavior without loosing court case after court case and a pile of money.

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  4. abrianna
    Jul 17, 2008 @ 22:12:32

    Rvewong,

    I suspect they got away with it for so long because they picked their victims carefully. If someone is strung out on drugs or has a severe mental illness where they are wild if they are off their meds, then who’s to say waht happened?

    The police could say that they were so wild they knocked themselves out. Who would know the difference?

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