Jack booted thugs vs. a man at rock bottomSubmitted by rambo1028 on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 23:45
Today I saw what our "peace officers" have become firsthand. A close friend of mine has had a rough few months. He is an admitted alcoholic and is very recently divorced. His life is in shambles. For the last month we have tried to find an inpatient rehab program that takes his insurance. He is low level management for the biggest company in the country. Over and over we have been told "we don't take that insurance." As well as "If you had medicaid or medicare we could help." It has been extremely frustrating and disheartening.
So he tried (against my advice) to get dried out on his own. Which lead to a pretty bad episode of binge drinking. Which lead to a suicide attempt. Somehow our over eager "peace officers" managed to turn this poor guys rock bottom into a fucking nightmare of epic proportions.
They turned what should have been an ambulance transport to the ER for evaluation into a 2 hour long HOSTAGE STANDOFF! THERE WERE NO FREAKING HOSTAGES! We tried to tell them this but they proceeded to call in SWAT. At that point we were not even sure he was alive or able to get to the door. All the while precious minutes are ticking away and lessening the chances for the hospital to be able to do anything like pump his stomach or give activated charcoal. We tried to tell them he is not armed and explain the situation but they were so hyped they weren't hearing any of it.
Now not only is he dealing with the worst period in his life but he is also being charged with I think inducing panic. He has NO CRIMINAL RECORD! He is a good hard working man and father. Now he can add criminal to that list.... all because of some overzealous cops. Should he have come out...absolutely but he was barely able to move and he was most certainly cognitively seriously impaired. And was certainly no threat to anyone.
He is in serious condition now and hopefully he will be able to get the help he wants and needs now.
I have been disgusted at the police state we live in and how everyone is being turned into criminals if they step one foot out of line. Now it's personal and I am outraged. He could lose his job over this....the bottom just got jerked out from under his rock bottom. And the really sick part is that he was ready and willing for help but none could be found.
Please keep him and all like him in your thoughts and prayers.