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While we are certainly supporters of the brave men and women of U.S. law enforcement, we have a responsibility to expose those in the force who are abusing their power and putting Americans in harm’s way.

In fact, there is a fairly strong argument that this responsibility exists precisely because we support law enforcement.  We want nothing more than a perfect force out there, protecting and serving us with the dignity and courage that we’ve come to expect.  When a bad apple enters the bushel, it is absolutely imperative that we out them quickly and thoroughly.

Such seems to be the case in Minneapolis this week, as reports are surfacing of police officers instructing EMS personnel to subdue arrestees with a powerful tranquilizer called ketamine…whether they needed it or not.

Minneapolis police officers have repeatedly requested over the past three years that Hennepin County medical responders sedate people using the powerful tranquilizer ketamine, at times over the protests of those being drugged, and in some cases when no apparent crime was committed, a city report shows.

On multiple occasions, in the presence of police, Hennepin Healthcare EMS workers injected suspects of crimes and others who already appeared to be restrained, according to the report, and the ketamine caused heart or breathing failure, requiring them to be medically revived. Several people given ketamine had to be intubated.

These are among the findings of an investigation conducted by the Office of Police Conduct Review, a division of the city’s Department of Civil Rights. The draft report has been circulated narrowly within City Hall but not disseminated to the public. The Star Tribune has obtained a copy.

And just how prevalent was the issue?

The number of documented ketamine injections during Minneapolis police calls increased from three in 2012 to 62 last year, the report found, including four uses on the same person. On May 18, around the time the draft report was completed, Minneapolis police Cmdr. Todd Sauvageau issued a departmental order saying that officers “shall never suggest or demand EMS Personnel ‘sedated’ a subject. This is a decision that needs to be clearly made by EMS Personnel, not MPD Officers.”

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As for those of you complaining that we are simply providing a “chill out” for these innocent-until-proven-guilty criminals, think again.  Ketamine is not that kind of drug.  Ketamine is extremely dangerous.

That does not look like fun whatsoever.

All we can hope now is that the exposure of this heinous practice can help to curb the risk that these police officers are subjecting their inmates to.

 

 

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