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Six Minutes That Could Happen Anywhere
Yikes, those were some really bad mushrooms.
By: PT Dilloway on August 2, 2013
Most police officers retire without ever firing their pistol. This is what disturbed me the most about the Zimmerman killing...he carried a gun but did not have the training to act as a representative of the law. Really good post!
By: Cranky Old Man on August 2, 2013
Unbelievable. And even more unbelievable that it ended without anyone being seriously hurt. And all that from "magic" mushrooms!
By: Mitchell is Moving on August 2, 2013
Oh my goodness- I did see this on the news! I'm so incredibly thankful your wife and son are OK, and that the brave policemen will mend. I hope that kid (and others who've seen it) have learned a very valuable lesson~
By: Shelly on August 2, 2013
I still with Shitake, thank you. Nice post, nice reminder. Have a great weekend, Stephen.
By: Laurel on August 2, 2013
The boy is alive because he did not wear a hoodie and his name was not Trayvon and he was not black. Sorry, just had to be a little mean today.
By: Tabor on August 2, 2013
I'll second that one, Stephen. The police routinely find themselves having to deal with some horrendous situations.
By: Bryan Jones on August 2, 2013
Thankfully no one was killed. Several thoughts come to mind. You story was an account of the events that took place. It clearly showed how some drugs can propel individuals into psychotic behaviour and in this case super human strength that challenged the efforts of several police officiers. We know nothing of this man's past and what led him to taking these drugs. Police officers are at times in the line of fire. We recently had a young man in Toronto shot 9 times by an officer who after asking everyone to leave the streetcar he was in. His weapon was a knife. The officer deployed a taser after the shots were fired. My point, each case is unique and should be handled as such. Too many individuals with mental illness don't receive the care they need.
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 2, 2013
By: The Bug on August 2, 2013
By: fishducky on August 2, 2013
not an easy situation at all that could have gone so much 'wronger'.
By: TexWisGirl on August 2, 2013
amazing that he was subdued finally by 9 police officers and the only gun used was by that young man. We should take time to thank all those who serve to protect us- whether in the police force, fire department or military. They put their lives on the line every day. Thanks Stephen!
By: Kathe W. on August 2, 2013
It just goes to once again prove that you never know what awaits every time you step out the door.
By: mimi on August 2, 2013
Well, some might say that in this instance, Karma keeps a ledger. That the good that the mushroom fellow and policemen have done, and will do later in life, outweighs the bad. So no dire consequences resulted. Others might say that life's a crapshoot.
By: Val on August 2, 2013
I have heard several instances locally here in Kansas City of police trying to subdue people that are high on drugs and not responding to efforts to constrain them. This young man was very lucky that the police continued to try to disarm him. In many areas they would of had to fire back for the safety of persons around the scuffle. I think it is admirable that your local force handled it as they did. It is such a shame that lives are ruined like this.
By: Cheryl P. on August 2, 2013
Good Lord, I was not expecting a good outcome. Thank God it was resolved.
By: Michael Manning on August 2, 2013
I once slammed my head at Slide Rock in Oak Creek Valley in Arizona and apparently suffered a concussion which caused me to go out of my head. After nearly kicking a hospital x-ray machine to pieces, about 25 cc's of Valium got me calmed down. I don't remember any of it but my wife told me the doctor was absolutely convinced I was on drugs. I wasn't but apparently I had some pretty ferocious strength as well.
By: Catalyst/Bruce on August 2, 2013
I, too, did not expext this story to end well. Glad your family wasn't there - it probably would have made for some restless nights, thinking of the "what ifs."
By: Pixel Peeper on August 2, 2013
I have thought about situations like this when I am working at the substation. Not being an officer, I have no weapon. I have to deal with people who come in angry, drunk, high, and when I saw this, I keep wondering what would have been best to do... Yes, I always am thankful for "my" guys and gals that I work with in Law Enforcement. And I am always aware of time intervals that can be very good, or go horribly wrong... Cat
By: Cat on August 3, 2013
By: John on August 4, 2013
Wow.. I'm so glad this didn't turn into a disaster for your family and friends/co-workers. Like Daniel, the news story he recounted immediately came to my mind. I had been thinking that nine shots and a taser were.. well overkill for this kid armed with a knife in an empty streetcar. He too had a spotless record and was well loved and considered a gentle soul. With your account, I'm beginning to rethink the excessive force part. It's just a sad, crazy world. I'm glad your world wasn't brought into that sadness in a worse way than that.
By: Hilary on August 4, 2013
In our community there have been several instances of people who couldn't be subdued by taser and before long were shot and killed. I think your officers were much more patient with this young man. Kudos to them.
By: Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma on August 4, 2013
Wow. Isn't it amazing how so perilously close we can get to a life-changing disaster? Once again...wow.
By: Al Penwasser on August 6, 2013
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