While you are at it, add Elijah McClain

Latest in a series of posts in the wake of the George Floyd murder

“Stop, Stop, Stop, Stop.
I have a right to stop you because you are being suspicious”
Aurora, Co., police officer

NBC News video, June 27, 2020, 6 mins.

Gadfly notes this segment on 60 Minutes two Sundays ago.

You may have seen it.

The specific focus was on the phenomenon of “excited delirium” and the use of Ketamine to control it by public safety personnel.

But we have here again a “first contact” situation that goes out of control and ends up in a tragic death.

The police and paramedics followed policy.


To Gadfly, it just makes sense to say that police have to do better than this.

Gadfly assumes that with our dual accreditation that our police department is trained as best can be expected, but he fears for this kind of thing happening here and, again, looks forward to open discussion of how our department handles “first contact” situations.

And what can be learned from case studies like this one.

John Dickerson, “Excited Delirium: The Controversial Syndrome That Can Be Used to Protect Police from Misconduct Charges.” CBS 60 Minutes, December 13, 2020.
video and transcription

  • District Attorney: “Well, the escalation started when [the 140-pound] Elijah McClain didn’t stop walking. They took it to the next level and say, ‘All right. This person’s not complying with our lawful commands. Now we’re gonna stop him and go hands on.'”
  • District Attorney: “They have a policy in the city of Aurora that says, ‘Paramedics do this when you have these circumstances.’ And they follow that policy.”

It gets worse, believe me, officers were fired for re-enacting the chokehold on McClain.

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