Tuesday, July 22, 2008

America Shoots Animals with Anesthetic Darts, but Electrocutes and Executes Human Beings Pre-Trial with 50,000 Volts of Frequently Lethal Force

I simply don't understand why a bear loose on the street is shot with a dart gun that is mostly painless while human beings are electocuted with 50,000 volts of electricity that sends a third of them to the hospital and has killed 300 Americans and Canadians.

A 300-kg bear that escaped from a local zoo roamed for several hours in the woods around a town in the Niagara Region before being captured by police yesterday.

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Police officers sank a tranquilizer dart into the bear, but he ran deeper in the woods. The officers followed Willy and knocked him out after firing three more darts, police said.

A local veterinarian was brought in to help police and Zooz staff members to load Willy onto an all-terrain vehicle, and he was transported back to the park.

Willy, a 4-year old Syrian brown bear who has spent most of his life at Zooz, is expected to make a full recovery, police said. TheStar.Com

Lucky bear. The police were not intentionally trying to hurt, punish or kill him. Here are links to other cases of bears being captured and surviving without police or others being hurt:

California: "Wardens were prepared to shoot the bear with a tranquilliser dart, but managed to force him back into the San Gabriel Mountains."

New Hanover, PA.
Reports of a wandering bear were called in ( . . .) Officers with the Pennsylvania Game Commission reportedly fired a tranquilizer dart at the animal, just barely missing their target. They said they will attempt to catch the bear by placing cage traps in the area.

"Normally they bait them with anything sweet. Donuts are used a lot for baiting the bear. Because they're real sweet, especially the jelly-filled ones, they'll really smell those," said Montgomery County Wildlife Control Officer Ray Madden. CBS3.Com
Clearly, police consider unarmed Black men to be more dangerous than 600 pound bears, and they also value the bears' lives enough to seek ways to save them, rather than intentionally or wantonly engaging in extra-judicial behavior that foreseeably kills many Black men and women , as well as whites, on the spot. When you confront police, it's safer to be a 600 pound bear than a little old Black woman in a wheel chair.

If you were an 800 pound moose on the loose, you'd be safer. From Anchorage Alaska:

A wayward moose that state Fish and Wildlife officers tracked through a grocery store parking lot, to a local mall and on to Eastmont Avenue was one of three spotted here in just over a month.

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The 800-pound young male moose that meandered through town last Friday was finally tranquilized with a dart gun, removed in a horse trailer and released into the wild at an undisclosed location, said Sgt. Doug Ward of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Anchorage Daily News

After cutting free from its leash, a bear attacked its master, spreading panic in Dindoshi on Saturday evening.

People scared of the wild animal summoned the police and the fire brigade who threw a net around the animal after pinning her with high powered water jet. A veterinarian fired an anesthesia dart at the bear which is cooling its heels in Borivli park. Indian Express

(In fact, the city of Nashville somtimes calls paramedics to administer anesthetizing shots rather than tazer people who are clearly having psychiatric problems. Police use injections for subduing unruly people.

The drug is called Midazolam, which is better known as Versed. People who have had a colonoscopy have probably had a shot of the drug for the procedure.

"The drug has an amnesia effect, and we use that therapeutically because one of the nice ways to take care of the discomfort is to make people forget that they've had it," said biomedical ethics and law enforcement expert Dr. Steven Miles.

But the shots have also been used on the streets on people police said were out of control.

One of the first to get the shot administered to them was Dameon Beasley.

"Well, that night, I hadn't been properly taking my meds, you know, like I'm supposed to. I got so depressed that when I was up on the bridge running into traffic back and forth, cars dodging me, swerving, I ended up with two sharp objects in my hands. By that time, the police had arrived. I was charging them with these sharp objects trying to make them shoot me, actually yelling at them to shoot me," he said.

When a Taser didn't work on Beasley, police turned to a brand new protocol -- an injection of Versed. Officers called emergency medical personnel for the injection. WSMV
But medical studies and drug warning information point to the potential dangers of that practice as well.)


The point is not that injections are preferable, but rather that there ARE alternatives to electrocuting and executing people on the streets or in police stations, without a trial and with no judicial procedure beforehand or afterward, when it the harm may be irreparable in any case.

Apparently, the point is to safely return the animal to nature while torturing and maming the human being in a pre-trial, extra-judicial lynching - and end-run against the Constitutional prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Field Negro often says, and correctly so, that white people treat their pets, and even wild animals, with more dignity, concern and deference than is accorded to Blacks.


Police officers would be safer shooting anesthetic darts from a distance than coming within two yards of a person to electrocute him (or her) over and over again.


Anonymous said...

I don't like the use of tasers, but I'm equally uncomfortable with giving cops the right to inject someone deemed "unruly" with anesthesia--esp. using a dart. Do you really not believe that would be dangerous as well? a missed shot of anesthesia right to the heart? Rather than tasers vs. anesthetic darts, how about we pick neither?

Anonymous said...

What's with the comparison to bears? Seems to me using tasers is wrong because they injure or kill people.