Thursday, December 31, 2015

End of the Year Cop Out: Florida Emergency Room

Something for the waiting room since all beds are full:

"Florida mother mistakes daughter as intruder, shoots her" Assocaited Press  December 30, 2015

ST. CLOUD, Fla. — A mother in central Florida mistook her daughter for an intruder and shot her to death, police said Wednesday.

The mother was asleep when she heard someone enter her home late Tuesday, St. Cloud police Sergeant Denise Roberts said. The mother told police she heard footsteps approaching quickly so she fired a single shot. She then discovered the person was her 27-year-old daughter, according to a news release from police.

The daughter was taken to a hospital where she died. The mother also was taken to a hospital for treatment.

St. Cloud police said they were not releasing the names of the mother or daughter since a person in their household is in law enforcement, and Florida law permits the withholding of identities under such circumstances. Detectives were investigating but said so far the mother’s story matches the evidence.

It's a tragedy, yes, and it's a double standard, too. 



"A man fatally shot his stepdaughter at a Florida hospital while they were visiting a family member Monday morning, then turned the gun on himself, authorities said, and in Indiana on Monday, two men were charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a pastor’s pregnant wife during an apparent break-in of their Indianapolis home."

While at the hospital praying:

"Woman died of blood clot after removed from hospital, police say" Associated Press  December 24, 2015

TALLAHASSEE — A woman who collapsed after police arrested her for refusing to leave a Florida hospital when doctors discharged her died from a blood clot in her lung, officials said Wednesday.

WTF? How long has Florida been fa$ci$t?

Police say Barbara Dawson, 57, collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went for treatment for breathing difficulties. She was arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing when she refused to leave, according to police.

In a statement Wednesday, Blountstown police Chief Mark Mallory said the medical examiner’s office in Panama City found that Dawson died from a blood clot due to being excessively overweight. 

So it was kind of her own fault?

The autopsy report, police report, and dashcam footage of the incident have not been released.

Didn't Chicago teach them anything?

Mallory said the officer who arrested Dawson removed the handcuffs after she collapsed and took her back to the hospital.

Little late considering she didn't want to leave in the first place. 

Why is it doctors never believe we know what is going on with our own bodies?

‘‘We were told by a doctor once she got back in the hospital that her vital signs were good and it was their decision to readmit her,’’ he said, adding that dashcam footage from a cruiser does not show the incident but picks up the audio.

Hospital officials did not return telephone calls from The Associated Press. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that Ruth Attaway, administrator and CEO of the 25-bed hospital, said staff did everything they could for Dawson.

While doctors initially thought Dawson was stable and should be released, she felt as if she still had breathing issues and wanted to stay, said Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks, who is representing Dawson’s family.

The incident comes amid increased scrutiny of police treatment of black people after several high-profile police-involved deaths. Dawson was black, the family’s lawyer said. Mallory said the officer who arrested her is a white man.


I was expecting protests driven by social media:

"Man convicted of killing wife; posted Facebook photo of body" AP Legal Affairs Writer  November 26, 2015

MIAMI — A Florida man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her bloody corpse on Facebook was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder after failing to convince a jury that he shot her eight times in self-defense.

The verdict came in the third week of Derek Medina’s trial in the August 2013 slaying of 27-year-old Jennifer Alfonso at their South Miami home. Medina told police in a videotaped statement that he shot his wife during an altercation in which she threatened him with a knife. Medina admitted to police he took a photo of his dead wife’s body and uploaded it on Facebook, along with a posting that said he was forced to kill her after years of abuse.

Prosecutors put on evidence indicating that Medina had vowed to kill Alfonso if she left him, which she had planned to do. They also said that at 6 feet and 200 pounds, he could have easily overpowered his 5-foot-6 wife without shooting her.


They will see you now.