When the police insist, Minnesota paramedics injected defendants with a powerful tranquilizer, report says

A recent report has prompted the local police station to clarify the relationship with Hennepin County medical personnel, a newspaper says.


The police in Minneapolis have gotten that “never guess or question” that paramedics stun a suspect during a police call, following a recent report that such treatment of suspects had spiked in the past few years.

The May 18 order of the police Cmdr. Todd Sauvageau says that the decisions about calming suspects to Hennepin County paramedics, not the police force of the city officers, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

At the urging of police of Minneapolis, Hennepin EMS workers are restrained dozens of with a powerful sedative.

— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) June 15, 2018

The police policy together with the completion of a report by the city’s Office of Police Conduct Review (OCPR), which showed that paramedics’ injections with ketamine suspects during police calls increased from three in 2012 to 62 in 2017, in the newspaper.

Ketamine is considered as a powerful sedative and is classified as a “date rape drug” in the Minneapolis police manual, according to the Star-Tribune. In some cases, it can stop a person’s heart or breathing, the report said.

Police officers are regularly ordered paramedics to administer ketamine, the OCPR report says. Then ask why defendants received the drug before being transported to a hospital, the immediate effects on the breathing, and the heart of the function that the drug causes.”

The OCPR report drew conflicting responses from local officials, the Star-Tribune story said.

Hennepin Health EMS Medical Director Jeffrey Ho, and Minnesota Poison Control System Medical Director Jon Cole dismissed the findings as “reckless use of anecdotes and partial snapshots of the interactions with the police, and incomplete information and statistics to draw incomplete and incorrect conclusions.”

Minneapolis-the police Chief Medaria Arradondo credited in the report for helping the department clarify the relationship with paramedics.

Mayor Jacob Frey said that it was necessary to clarify the relationship.

“Our policy should be clear,” he said. “The police should not be a direct medical professionals on the health-related problems and medical professionals should not listen to them.”

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