Friday, May 1, 2015
Here We Go Again...Part 2
I will start by saying that I DO support the police and appreciate the difficult job they have. However, last night's news only proves that there is a real problem with training, in general. The job is about much more than target shooting. It is about dealing with a WHOLE community. That community includes those who have a variety of impairments. Head injuries and the post-trauma issues around that, especially with a closed head/spine injury, shouldn't be an unknown to ANY first responder. The more that comes out about what happened after Freddy Gray was injured, however that happened, the more I see a traumatic head/spine injury (TBI) with neuro complications. The flow of the cerebral spinal fluid impacts the pressure on the brain and anything that impacts that flow can cause pressure to build up. That would cause incredible pain and for someone with no experience with it, they wouldn't be able to articulate what was going on. In addition, as I said before, not imobilizing the neck and spine would have only increased the injury, if there was an internal decapitation going on. There is a reason that EMTs secure a patient's neck and spine before transporting them to the ER. Those officers didn't call for appropriate assistance, even when the victim was asking for that assistance. It didn't help Mr. Gray to NOT secure him in the van in the first place. Now we are hearing that a second person in the van, along with the driver, heard banging and noises coming from where Mr. Gray was seated. They didn't see him and it only lasted "a few seconds". With ANY TBI, there is a high risk of the patient having a grand mal seizure. That wouldn't last minutes, necessarily, but seconds. It also speaks to the severity of Mr. Gray's injury. From what has been reported, the assumption was that he (Mr. Gray) was doing this on purpose. That he was trying to hurt himself. A seizure, of any type (there are over 100 types) is involuntary. It is a short circuiting of the brain and should be a sign to go to the nearest ER, rather than dragging the patient/victim out of the van and putting them in restraints. All of that could easily have contributed to furthering Mr. Gray's injuries. I realize that it is popular right now blame police for excessive force. IMO, if all of this is accurate, it is all about lack of training and awareness of head injury, as well as a lack of common sense. What also concerns me is the report that stated that while the DA will look at the final report on what happened to Mr. Gray, none of the facts will be made public. All that leaves is speculation and keeps the 'exessive force' issue for the public to consider. It certainly doesn't clear anything up or inform the public about what probably DID happen.