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In today’s Key West Citizen:
Today, the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Tropic Cinema will close the 400 block of Eaton Street between Whitehead and Duval streets from 3 to 10 p.m.
Yesterday evening, I saw “Bad Words” at the Tropic, an incredibly good movie, strongly recommended, although I doubt it will get rave reviews from the school board and district, nor from the politically correct, anal-retentive and/or puritan camps.
I see lots of interesting movies at the Tropic, which do not get carried by Regal Cinema near the older Publix on North Roosevelt Boulevard. I especially like the foreign films the Tropic brings to Key West, which are seldom shown in American movie theaters.
Moving laterally, Editorial in Today’s Key West Citizen:
Charles Eimers, R.I.P.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Excessive police force should be controlled
Will the citizens of Key West ever know the truth about what really occurred on Thanksgiving Day last year?
We are referring to the case of 61-year-old Charles Eimers, a visitor from Michigan who died after being held facedown on a local beach by KWPD police officers, who claim he was resisting arrest.
According to police reports, while being restrained by up to four officers, Eimers lost consciousness, stopped breathing and was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by the arresting officers.
Eimers was transported to Lower Keys Medical Center. He died six days later on Dec. 4 after being taken off life support without ever regaining consciousness.
A few days later, Eimers’ death certificate listed “natural causes” as the cause of death. An autopsy report indicated Eimers suffered 10 broken ribs from “medical therapy” while being attended to during the incident that included the use of a defibrillator.
Broken ribs are not an uncommon result of CPR; however, it remains unclear whether all of Eimers’ injuries were directly related to medical procedures or if some were caused by excessive police force.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is currently investigating the case as an in-custody death. The investigation includes 14 police officers reportedly involved in this incident. Such an investigation is automatic when an in-custody death occurs, and by itself does not imply wrongdoing.
But clearly, something went terribly wrong during the restraining process of this arrest case that remains clothed in mystery.
It all began with a seemingly routine traffic stop of Eimers on North Roosevelt for reportedly switching lanes illegally. Eimers inexplicably left the scene of the traffic stop, leading police on a slow-paced chase through Bahama Village, before stopping his car on the sand outside the Southernmost Beach Cafe.
At this point the mystery deepens further.
A smart phone video by a bystander that was posted online appears to show Eimers, who appears unarmed, complying with police orders to surrender. In the video Eimers stops walking, then lays down facing the sand. Within moments, four police officers begin handcuffing him while restraining him face down in the sand. The camera pans away; thus providing no further information.
Police reports paint Eimers as resisting arrest, requiring four officers to use immediate and sufficient force to hold him down, handcuff him and hobble restraint his legs.
Hobble restraints are used to immobilize a person who is combative: a strap is tied around a person’s ankles and then connected to the person’s wrists that are handcuffed behind the back.
It was at this point that Eimers’ body went limp, and the arresting officers converted their arrest and restraining procedure into a life-resuscitating effort until paramedics arrived.
We may never know whether the police report of Eimers “kicking up” and “resisting” was a deliberate, aggressive act toward the police officers, a physical reaction to possible asphyxiation as he was in a prone position with his face in the sand, or another medical issue triggered by the restraining procedure.
This case has been further complicated by the perception of a lack transparency by authorities, and the reprimand of a detective for failure to properly oversee the case.
We fully respect the dangerous nature of the work of police officers. On the other hand, police officers are, after all, humans and thus can be adversely impacted by the stress and adrenaline in the heat of a chase.
The zealous quest to do what’s necessary to arrest a suspect and keep fellow officers and bystanders safe can lead to excessive police force with dire consequences.
Proper police training is meant to mitigate between an officer’s natural instincts and correct use of the appropriate level of force.
Key West is a relatively low-crime community. FDLE recently reported crime in Key West dropped 6 percent in 2013 with violent crimes dropping 14.4 percent.
Further, as a resort community, many visitors are unfamiliar with their surroundings.
For these and many other reasons, we believe local policing must undertake every effort to control excessive force in arrest and restraint situations when no clear and present danger to officers exists.
In the meantime, the community is watching the wheels of justice slowly turn as we await word from the FDLE whether its investigators believe the level of force that was used to restrain Charles Eimers was appropriate.
— The Citizen
That’s a pretty good editorial. However, it would be a lot better editorial if it had included that Eimers was profiled as being homeless, one of the cops later reportedly boasted about hitting the bum in the back of the neck, and one of the observing female cops reportedly saying she wanted to do about the same to that cop, and none of the cops later being forthcoming about what they observed, but instead going silent. It would be an even better editorial if it acknowledged Eimers being profiled as homeless is what led to how he was later treated by the cops. And it would have been an even better editorial if it had examined the acutely aggressive way local cops treat homeless people, and that the cops are doing that persuant to orders from their police chief, who is following orders from the city manager, who is following orders from the city commission, which consists of the mayor and six city commissioners. And it would have been an even better editorial if it had given Key West the Newspaper – www.thebluepaper.com – full credit for the Eimers case even seeing the light of day. Click on the link below to see the most recent blue paper report on the Eimers case, which contains a link to all prior blue paper articles on that case, and the video of the “take-down” of Charles Eimers on South Beach, which the Citizen has never shared with its online readers, I suppose because it will take them to see it at the blue paper.
On another grave topic in need of seeing the light of day,
received a comment yesterday to an old post at www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com, which old post you should be able to reach by clicking on this link:
If you open that link, you will see older comments on that article, and my replies to those earlier comments.
The reader wrote yesterday:
I cant thank you enough for the article you had posted in the “good morning Florida keys” about your health issues and wounds. I live in Bonita springs. I discovered that I had a similar wound on my buttocks. I use handicapped toilets and I believe I picked up the MRSA during holiday shopping. why did I think handicapped toilets were clean? they are probably the dirtiest. I suffered from the pain of that wound from Christmas till ST Pats day. I had been praying about it and the message of using iodine/ Vaseline came into my mind . it was a standard salve in the first aid drawer when I was growing up. when I Googled the salve I found your article and realized I could make it, I couldn’t find it anywhere to buy.
I was really hurting, I could hardly sit because of the wound and it appeared to be getting larger , I literally tried about everything in the house and on the shelve at the drug store. I must have spent $100 on creams and ointment on the Internet for skin tears. (which is what I thought I had) then I saw the MRSA picture you had posted and I knew what I was dealing with.
Ironically I did the MRSA testing at the lab I worked in before I retired but that had been almost 2 years previous. but whenever we had to report out a positive the hospital would go into a frenzy, a special room had to be arranged, some were quarantined. I knew in my case surgery would be done and the thought of it and worrying about the expense and embarrassment because of the location of the wound sent me into a panic attack.
The first day I used the iodine and Vaseline was the first relief I had in a month, I kept applying the iodine/Vaseline 3 or 4 times a day and managed to cover it with a breathable giant band aide from CVS. the pain subsided and I stopped having my panic attacks but the deep wound wasn’t healing. Next I used your suggestion of oregano oil, I diluted it about 1:10 so it would help but not burn . it all worked, it is almost gone !!!!!, I am so happy!!! and so far, if I feel something starting to erupt, I use the iodine/Vaseline and it seems to stop it in its tracks. i didn’t have any antibiotics or go to an ER. I am very careful about using public toilets.
I believe you are right about 2 things for sure. the doctors need to know this salve better and help avoid a hospital and surgical involvement for patients. also being a student of Christian Science I also believe that these things happen to us to teach us. during this time I also was shown Ho opono pono, check it out on “you tube”, mainly we have to forgive.
Again, I thank you so very much for posting your article, I’m sure you helped many people.
GOD loves you
I replied this morning:
Thanks for sharing your story and progressing recovery. Yes, the soul issues are good to address at the same time physical medical issues are being addressed, for the two usually are interconnected. My MRSA outbreaks had soul issues I had to face, engage and deal with. However, most people do not relate to life in that way, and perhaps they still will get help with the two MRSA remedies and cut slack for not yet understanding why the soul issues also need to be addressed.
Down here in the Florida Keys, MRSA is pandemic; local doctors know that all too well, and, as far as I know, they continue trying to treat MRSA with old and new generation antibiotics and surgery when the skin eruptions have gone severe. In the more severe cases, they might use intravenous IV drips of antibiotics for extended periods of time, which treatment usually requires hospitalization.
From time to time I tell the local government officials that they need to be putting out MRSA alerts down here, because is is well known by local divers, and by local doctors, that going into the ocean down here with a nick or scratch on your skin is a good way to contract MRSA. So far, no takers on my suggestion.
You may well have contracted MRSA on a public toilet; it can be passed along in that way. I maybe contracted it that way the first time I got it. It can be passed by human contact. One local doctor down here, who was treating me for a new outbreak, before I knew of the iodine/Vaseline/oregano home remedy, agreed that perhaps MRSA can even jump from one person to another without actual skin contact. It’s a terrible, terrifying disease, as you certainly learned.
I suppose God loves us all regardless of how we behave, but there are plenty of days when I wish God didn’t push me so hard.
I personally do not follow the Christian Science approach to disease. I use doctors when it is clear that is part of what I need to do. However, I always step back first and ponder what is the soul issue, the karma, the message in the malady. I always try to deal with that, as well. I get plenty of input from angels. They tell me all sorts of stuff about me I don’t care to hear, and they tell me all sorts of stuff about other people and situations, which is not usually welcome when I voice it.
Thank the angels and God, who provided the home remedies to me through a friend who knew about them. As do you now, whenever something comes up on my skin which I feel might progress, I put the iodine/Vaseline remedy on it. Right now, I do not have oregano oil. The latter can burn the wound, if not cut, or if applied too liberally. I usually put it on top of the iodine/Vaseline remedy, which let the oregano soak in more slowly than applying it directly to the MRSA skin eruption.
Any one wondering that a MRSA skin eruption looks like can google image MRSA and get plenty of awful looking photos.
Maybe some day the Key West Citizen will do a comprehensive article on MRSA in the Florida Keys, and share the home remedies with the general public. I would faint if the Citizen mentioned me in that article, as being the lab rat the angels used to get the MRSA information circulated before the public. And, I would faint if the Citizen even circulated the information, because it would cause any prudent person who read the Citizen article, if it was written correctly, to not want to go into the Ocean in the Florida Keys. That, in turn, would cause prudent people to consider not even visiting the Florida Keys. That, in turn, would dampen the Florida Keys economy. That, in turn, would be worse than unsuspecting tourists coming to the Florida Keys and contracting MRSA and it breaking out when they returned home and had no clue where they had contracted it.
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There is a different super fun post today at www.goodmorningfloridakeys.com, which you should be able to reach by clicking on this link:
Monroe County Commissioner George Neugent, the Monroe County Commission, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida House of Representatives Holly Raschein, Florida Governor Rick Scott, et. al., pooping on Mother Nature’s lower Florida Keys and on the people who live there