[Marxism] Police use Excessive Force, ER Docs say

Greg McDonald sabocat59 at mac.com
Wed Dec 24 13:18:53 MST 2008


The fact that ER doctors do not report incidences of abuse is not  
necessarily evidence of complicity. The stats below (from the report  
you quoted) suggest that er doctors are stressing the need to develop  
an institutional protocol to allow them to report police brutality.  
In other words, they want to report it but they need institutional  
backing to cover their ass.

Greg McDonald

<...Most emergency physicians (71.2 percent) admitted that they did  
not report cases of suspected use of excessive force by law  
enforcement officers.

A large majority (96.5 percent) reported that they had no  
departmental policies on reporting their suspicions or they did not  
know of a policy to guide their actions, and 93.7 percent said they  
had received no education or training in dealing with these situations.

However, most emergency physicians (69.5 percent) felt that it was  
within their scope of practice to refer cases of suspected use of  
excessive force for investigation and almost half (47.9 percent) felt  
that emergency physicians should be legally required to report cases  
of suspected use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.

These findings, Strote and colleagues conclude, “suggest that  
national emergency medicine organizations in the USA should become  
involved, jointly developing and advocating for guidelines to manage  
this complex issue.”>



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