To Serve and Obstruct

Even when no one is being accused of a criminal act, even when someone is in need of medical assistance, the police coming to the rescue are at best an unpredictable mixed bag. In Kansas, police forced a woman to stop giving CPR to her toddler grandson. The family thinks the kid might have survived had she been permitted to save the boy. The authorities say the officer did nothing wrong, which isn’t surprising, since today criminal negligence and brutality are practically part of the official code of conduct.

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