a reply to: Freeborn
This from Quora so it is hit or miss in my view but here is what I thought was the answer in a nutshell.
“Why would ketamine be administered by law enforcement?”
That’s a WHO essential medicine, but not one I think many officers have access to. There are only two reasons I can think of administering it to a
suspect. One is for pain relief. It was used during the Vietnam war for surgical use. However, I have to question if an officer is qualified to
administer it for this use. I haven’t dealt with it, so…
The other would be highly illegal. Heck, it would be questionable for the CIA. It could produce a state where the suspect/subject would speak freely
about information. It can cause memory loss, sedation, hallucinogenic and disassociation states. However, this is clearly beyond the scope of policing
or law enforcement. Though, given that torture is now legal, it might see a use in the future.
Another use would be for depression, but an officer cannot make that call. He’s not properly trained and you can NOT diagnose someone in 10 minutes.
This would open him and the department up for serious repercussions.
Thanks to Vernon Averill, I understand why this was asked.
This was outside the area of Law Enforcement and Policing. The theory, it seems, was to calm patients down so they didn’t die. However, this drug
can kill. Doctors know how to administer it, not cops.
Of course, having said this, I know local ones who do the same thing. They use their badge to force doctors, nurses, and EMTS to do what THEY want,
not what is best for the patient. This is abuse of authority and dangerous, but since they’re cops, no one will challenge them.
There is also a question regarding what happened AFTER the doping. Were the patients interrogated? Sexually abused? As I said, above, the CIA has used
drugs like this for interrogation. If these cops are anything like the ones I’ve seen, the drug may have had other uses, from “date rape” to
interrogation. It would not be admissible to court, but it would give them reason to investigate more. Kind of like the polygraph.
This is part of what I have been preaching for a while now. Police go too far at times. They don’t want to do the job, just get the glory. The easy
way. This is why so many draw their weapons at the slightest provocation. Here, we see them using drugs illegally to subdue patients.