I have been seeing a growing number of news reports that describe the us of a Taser to restrain citizens. The authorities who are quoted in these stories often employ the the very same rationalizations that medical professionals once used to justify tying older people to their beds.
The following story combines politics, medicine and Tasers in a bizarre new way.
(July 10) — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ epileptic nephew suffered a massive seizure after being beaten and hit with a stun gun during a scuffle at a New Orleans area hospital, his family said.
Derek Thomas, 25, was admitted to West Jefferson Hospital on Thursday after what some news outlets described as a possible suicide attempt. When orderlies asked Thomas to put on a hospital gown, he refused and tried to flee the facility. That’s when security guards stepped in, and a scuffle ensued. Details were reported by several news agencies.
One of the guards punched Thomas, pulled out his hair and them shocked him with a Taser, the patient’s sister, Kimberly Thomas, wrote in an e-mail to ABC News. Because of the fight, Thomas suffered a serious seizure, she said.
“Security contests it was under doctor’s orders to Taser Thomas as opposed to sedating him for restraint even after prior knowledge of his epilepsy,” the e-mail said.
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I would like everyone to reflect on the sentence which alleges…
“Security contests it was under doctor’s orders to Taser Thomas as opposed to sedating him for restraint even after prior knowledge of his epilepsy,”
Just think about this for a minute. It is shocking to imagine that medical professionals would advise the restraint of a patient (in this case via Taser) rather than the thoughtful and compassionate treatment of the underlying condition.