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LEARN ABOUT THE JUNK-SCIENCE TERM “EXCITED DELIRIUM” AND THE WAYS POLICE USE IT TO JUSTIFY EXCESSIVE FORCE.

EXCITED DELIRIUM IS A CONTROVERSIAL MEDICAL CONDITION THAT IS NOT RECOGNIZED BY THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OR OTHER PROMINENT MEDICAL AGENCIES. NEVERTHELESS, A SLIVER OF THE MEDICAL WORLD PROMOTES EXCITED DELIRIUM TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES. THEY TEACH OFFICERS THAT ANY KIND OF “RESISTANCE” OR “ERRATIC BEHAVIOR” COULD BE EXCITED DELIRIUM, AND THEY INSTRUCT THAT THE BEST POLICE RESPONSE IS PHYSICAL RESTRAINT AND AGGRESSIVE CHEMICAL SEDATION—OFTEN WITH THE DRUG KETAMINE.

THIS IS HOW POLICE KILLED ELIJAH MCCLAIN, GEORGE FLOYD, AND OTHERS. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES USE THIS NEBULOUS, OPEN-ENDED DEFINITION TO JUSTIFY EXTREME PHYSICAL FORCE AGAINST ANY PERSON THEY PERCEIVE TO BE RESISTANT. READ THIS OPED THAT CONNECTS THE TRAGEDIES OF ELIJAH MCCLAIN AND GEORGE FLOYD TO EXCITED DELIRIUM.

THE DOCTOR WHO INVENTED THE TERM “EXCITED DELIRIUM” IN 1990’S BELIEVES IT IS RADICALLY OVER-USED BY POLICE AND RESULTS IN HUNDREDS OF CASES OF EXCESSIVE FORCE AND DANGEROUS CHEMICAL SEDATION. READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE.

READ A COMPREHENSIVE ARTICLE ABOUT THE RISKS OF POLICE RESTRAINT AND THE DANGER OF THE EXCITED DELIRIUM SYNDROME HERE.

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