originally posted by: Dimithae
a reply to: earthling42
People on adrenaline can have amazing strength and be hard to control.
Speaking as someone with a mental disorder, I can confirm this.
Other manifestations can include lightning fast speed and combative techniques that don't follow predictable "fighting styles". If she was indeed
armed with a weapon, not telling how this could have played out.
Mind you, as someone with a condition, it terrifies me to no end that there isn't better police training when it comes to dealing with individuals
with mental illnesses. This is a terrible tragedy and loss of life is never good, make no mistake about my position on that.
But I will say this much in the officers defense - several years ago I was in the middle of an episodic break and the responding officer was very "by
the book" and I was calm and complaint....when suddenly, something went very wrong with my mental faculties and the next thing I knew I was in martial
arts combat mode doing high flying kicks that I could never pull off in my regular controlled mental state.
We were both shocked at my sudden "switch" in character, and as the officer backed up to avoid a kick to the face, I suddenly came to and realized
that I was not in control of myself and forced my consciousness back into place. The officer saw me back down and took the opportunity to rush and
restrain. I was immediately handcuffed and thrown in the back of the patrol car.
Luckily, the officer could tell such behavior was uncharacteristic for me (as we had been calmly talking shortly before with no problems or
hostilities and very obvious I was fighting disorientation and confusion when he arrived on scene) and immediately afterwards I was taken to a
psychiatric center for stabilization and medication re-evaluation instead of a jail cell.
Long story short - don't judge a book by it's cover.
Even a small, slight, waif-ish little girl can do some serious damage
if the brain chemistry is severely off balance and even more so if any
type of weapon is involved...yes, even a knife. It's time we stop blaming officer's for lack of training and their instinctive self preservation
instincts kicking in when faced with these types of cases and start demanding their superiors get their proverbial feces together when it comes to
teaching effective and non-lethal take down techniques with combative mental cases.
Hearing and reading about all these lethal outcomes in these types of scenarios terrifies the living jeeps out of me...I'm exceedingly lucky and
infinitely grateful my medications and therapies have reduced the severity of my dissociation to the extent they have over the years.
So yeah, that's all I have to say about that.
edit on 2/2/15 by GENERAL EYES because: formatting