Tuesday, October 03, 2006

ghetto truck and to tase or not to tase

Well..Well Back on the streetsfor my first full weekend. And oh how I have missed my District 2 crackheads. I was brought back to work on one of our trucks that work in the "scary" part of the city. Mostly Assaults, Shootings, Stabbings, psychs, drunks and general mischeif. Which is fine by me. Trauma calls, my friends, are easy calls. Not much too them. Bandage them up and take them to the hospital. Maybe start a huge fucking IV or two and do some Airway work if they are bad enough, but for the most part they don't even get to lay on the stretcher. The get the "Bench Seat Treatment" Some of them you feel bad for, some of them, I hate to say get what they deserved. I can only think that if they can be rude to me, the chick medic, I can only imagine what they did to get their asses hit over the head with a bottle of Wild Irish Rose.

Now, what is the general idea about Tasers? We had an incident with a suspect getting Tased here and subsequently died. Not from the Taser, mind you. But from the huge rock of crack that he smoked (that made his heart explode) just prior to the Tasing. However this is not mentioned in the newspaper. This is giving the police that partol out streets, that keep the people safe, or at least try to, and that cover my ass when I go into violent scenes a bad rap. I, myself, belive whole heartedly in the Taser. Would you like to go back to the old way of either a nightstick, or even better a gunshot wound? I have seen these things in action, and Im here to tell you, it will stop a guy in his tracks. But it is a great non-leathal weapon, espicially for the violent people that it gets used on. I have never, ever seen one misused, and I have seen it used quite a bit. I have many friends who are police officers and I would rather see them use the Taser than, them get shot or stabbed by some out-of-control, high on god knows what, street thug bastard. But this is my own opinion. I would also rather get called to pull the little prongs out, rather than get called to a GSW to the chest. Chest wounds are just a whole hell of alot of work for someone who probally won't make it anyways. I get all sweaty, and that just can piss me off. So I ask you which would you rather have to deal with...a taserprong or a bullet. Because quite honestly, that is what it all boils down to.

6 comments:

Mama Mia said...

Hey Painter. How is your back doing now that you have returned to the ambulance more? Have you really left your course?? Please be careful with your lifts!! After the two weeks I just spent getting my discs back where they belong I have new empathy for others with misbehaving backs, and new respect for what my back does.

painter in hiding said...

the spine is right were is should be. Pretty much pain free. After years of dealin with this I know how to life, and if its too much I just call for the fire dept or police. All you gotta do is smile and flirt and those boys will do anything you ask HA!... :)

Anonymous said...

Tasers don't kill people; the drug abusing assholes bring it on themselves. Seriously, post-Taser subjects should be given an exam and carefully observed following the incident. The reason the person was "Tased" ( a new verb?) is the very reason they are at risk. I wrote the protocol for post-Taser exam and observation for our organization.

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Maria said...

There was a similar incident here in Oregon. Guy got tased twice because he was so out of control, then dropped dead. Well, he was high on cocaine! He had a heart attack. Actually, it was really sad, because he'd gone thru rehab several times and was the son of a prominent member of the community. But I'd rather be tased than shot. I'm not high on anything, so it's unlikely though...

painter in hiding said...

Oh Im all about the post tasing (yes new verb) exam. We do the whole nine yards here. EKG, a good PE. But what I dont like seeing is the police officers that used it being blamed for this death. Like I stated in the post, Id rather pull prongs out that have to deal with a bullet wound. I don't think the general public understands that a normal person walking down the street are not the ones that are getting the taser used on. Its the cracked out violent motherfuckers that are gonna have this happen to. The news makes it out to sound like this was some church going, mama's boy. No he wasn't. He was a pissed off, violent, crackhead.

Anonymous said...

Don'tcha just love new verbs? If we were French we wouldn't be able to do that.

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