[Marxism] Police use Excessive Force, ER Docs say
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.
<...Most emergency physicians (71.2 percent) admitted that they did
not report cases of suspected use of excessive force by law
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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