Cops Endanger Motorist In Medical Emergency

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 2 months ago

Here is the report and the video is below.  You don’t need much from the report except that the driver was found incoherent and staring blankly.  Now watch the video.

This actually isn’t all that uncommon.  I would bet a dollar to a hole in a doughnut that this man was suffering from hypoglycemic shock.  I saw it on Highway 485 near where I live.  He probably feels terrible about it, although he also probably needs to get better about heeding the warning signs and preparing a plan (like pull over).

Now for the cops.  Despite the excuse, the cop wasn’t holstering his gun, and according to what I saw on the video, he had no intentions of doing so.  It happens so often that I hate to bring it up again, but recall the sympathetic muscle reflex (by the cop) in which Mr. Eurie Stamps perished, and recall what we discussed about tactical lights on weapons.  Keep your finger off the trigger and it won’t shoot.  It’s so simple but so many shooters ignore the basic rules.

In this case, he is obviously right-handed, and placed his service weapon in his left hand to work his baton.  When finished, he exchanged his service weapon back to his right hand (which was then in the mode of clutching his baton), with no trigger discipline, and bingo, a negligent discharge.

It’s good that no one died in this encounter.  Besides, bashing in windows like they did is very dangerous for the motorist.  It would have been better if they had used something like a slim jim or window punch.  They looked like they went a little crazy to me, and the sad fact is that it wasn’t necessary and they accomplished absolutely nothing by their actions.

  • Paul B

    that station is in my town and I don’t remember hearing anything about this.

    I have been concerned of late the police are dropping constitutional concerns and following the only ones methodology.

    not good.

  • robertsgunshop

    Subscribe to their email updates. I get it every day. This Deputy is a reservist with only about a year of service. Maybe they shouldn’t be carrying guns until they have a little more time under their belt. They can always get the shotgun if the need arises. The news folks were talking about how the gun just went off. I’ve invited them over for a safety class and to show them that guns don’t just “go off”. Of course I made a similar offer to the people at the Register and never had heard back from them either.

    The Ankeny police seem to be getting good at the “only one’s” mentality. They were the ones that did the no knock raid over a credit card. So far the DSM PD have been pretty good.

  • Bill Daigle

    just more bricks in the wall between the cops and the people who they claim to need to help them

  • Paul B

    Ankeny PD imported the Chief from Milwaukee where he did some service on their Drug Squad. I have noticed a change in APD since he has been in charge. I know I, for one, do not like where Ankeny is headed. Maybe once a town gets too big it changes. Not for the good.

  • Pat Hines

    It’s a negligent discharge, there was no accidental anything.

  • chrismalllory

    “Maybe they shouldn’t be carrying guns .”

    This is where you should have stopped. It is well past time we disarmed cops.

  • Paul B

    I finally watched the video. ND is what I would call it, not AD. Keep your trigger finger off the trigger till you are ready to fire.


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