Get Armed Police Out of Emergency Rooms

Last week, I towed first aid to a local protest championing the Movement for Black Lives. I felt elated to witness the coalescence of community, but as a street medic I was too anxious to enjoy the walk. That morning, our surgical service had sent out a department e-mail outlining hospital protocol for mass casualty provisions in preparation for the event. The civilian protestors were not the ones we were afraid of.

These days, I am so much more aware of the police in our emergency…

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