AP reports that 31-year-old paramedic Jodi Kerr-Rummel, of Derry, PA, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing justice because police say she interfered when an officer tried to use a stun gun on a suicidal woman. [LINK]
Local police, the local DA (prosecution service), the judge, and local political leaders should Google "Braidwood". If they would allow the concept that tasers are occasionally and randomly deadly into their minds then perhaps they'd understand the paramedic's point of view.
I hope that other local paramedics in western Pennsylvania will support Kerr-Rummel in this matter.
Also, perhaps the local paramedics should stay well away from all incidents where the local taser-happy police are still on-scene. No sense taking any chances that the skills, world-views and training of the paramedics might clash with the views of the police. Best to give them room and not run the risk of interfering.
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