As I've been reading the threads, many of you have brought up some good thoughts and theories. I just want to shed some light on some things that 20+ years as a law enforcement officer has shown me. *NOTE*-MY
POST CONTAINS MY
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND
TRAINING HAS TAUGHT ME OVER THE YEARS!!! IN
NO WAY AM
I SAYING ANYONE OF
YOU ARE WRONG ON
YOR OWN OPINIONS!!! (Just so I don't get blasted)
First of all, the safety of the passengers and crew is paramount. It is PERFECTLY legal and acceptable behavior to restrain the person(s) involved in the disruption for the safety of all on board. If you or anyone else breaks his arms or legs tying to restrain that person, you would be exhonerated of any wrong doing under the Good Samaritan Acts.
Now there are exceptions to the rule. If he is displaying what is known as Excited Dillerium, BEWARE!!! Yes, this person needs to be restrained immediately, however, if he is laid on his stomach, hog-tied (hands and feet secured together behind his back), he could start convulsing, go into cardiac arrest and die of Positional Asphixiation, and most likely, a criminal charge of involuntary manslaughter will most likely result to ALL
involved. As many of the news articles state, a retired NYPD
officer was there, and I'm sure he would have seen the signs if this occurred. As long as it is PROVEN beyond a reasonable doubt that this person is a threat, it's legal and everyone is covered. In this case, from all I've seen and heard, it sounds as if this man was, beyond a reasonable doubt, in some sort of mental incapacitation. Kudo's to the "film crew" taking pictures and videos...it will eventually lead to exhoneration of all involved.
Secondly, for anyone that knows a thing or two about plastics, you will know why the zip ties broke. Age, heat, cold, etc., can deteriorate the plastic ties. I've used mine after having them for a year in the trunk of my cruiser, and as I applied them, they broke. The Capt. may not have broken them, they may have deteriorated to the point where they were useless. I'm sure this will be addressed if it is common practice for B6
or any other carriers that keep these on board.
Third, Police are trained (at least I was) to CEASE TALKING to the mentally ill person after he is detained. You don't know what you may say that will set him off again. However, since YOU detained him, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
HIM. If he starts choking, vomiting, having trouble breathing, etc., you had better know what to do so he doesn't die. For my training purposes, it was A) NO HOG
-TYING, and B) If the mentally ill starts displaying these acts, sit him straight up on his butt. That way he won't choke or experience positional asphixiation, and get him medical attention immediately. Being this was FL33,000, I'm sure that was done as soon as it was possible. As long as you do everything in your power to protect his life, you probably will be cleared of any wrong doing.
Forth, we won't know for weeks what happened in the mans life to cause this. Diabetes? Possibly. Mental Breakdown? Possibly. Brain injuries and/or tumor? Possibly. We don't know, and I don't think it's really fair to judge him as a nutcase. One of many personal experiences, to make a long story short, was a pursuit of a vehicle at 100+ MPH. After watching him crash into about a dozen cars, guardrails and barrier walls, he finally stopped. Having the adrenaline rush that ALL
cops experience after that, we all drew our pistols and ordered him out of the car. He wouldn't budge. We slowly approached, and the man was talking all kinds of crazy things about god, his wife and kids, etc. Come to find out, he was in diabetic shock. That taught me that not all instances can be taken at face value. He sounded, acted and drove crazy, but as soon as he was released from the hospital, he was as normal as your average Joe Blow.
This pilot probably loved his job but all I can think about is that he'll probably NEVER fly again. I'm not saying I'd let him if I had that choice (probably better that he doesn't), but just think about how bad he's going to feel when he comes around.
I give all the kudos and applause to the people who restrained this man and protected everyone from what may have gotten way out of hand. But I'm not going to sit here and judge someone I have no clue about.