reply to post by ColoradoJens
This is a tough call to be honest...
There is a medical term called Ketoacidosis
. It occurs in people who are diabetic and the
symtpoms exhibited by people who are in that stage gives off all of the signs of alcohol intoxication, right down to the persons breath giving of an
Other signs -
Inability to engage coherently in a conversation.
Inability to multitask
intoxicating odor from their mouth / breath
loss of coordination
ability to go from calm to fighting and not realize it.
Inability to concentrate..
Inability to process basic commands
Inability to perform basic motor functions
etc etc etc....
This medical issue is not addressed in the police academy (at least it was not in my region). One of the reasons why is law enforcement is not
supposed to "diagnose" and individual. We run into the issue where if we "diagnose", and something goes wrong and makes it way to court, the very
first questio we will be asked is:
Officer so and so, are you certified in emergency medicine?
Do you have the training in the medical field that allows you to determine / diagnose a medical condition?
Do you have advanced training where you can distinguish between alcohol / drug influence and medical conditions that mimic those conditions?
Officer - No sir
Then please explain to this court why you acted outside of your area of responsibility.
Until you are in a position like the officer in this incident, attacking the officer and his actions is problematic. Hindsight will always be
Just some food for thought...
edit on 25-10-2012 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)