I am befuddled and appalled by your criticism of the Paramedics in Jackson. This of course is in regards to your press conference where you lambasted the company AMR and stated that the paramedics needed to, "...take the risk, you can't let citizens die, or sit here wounded because you're sayin' 'I'm not safe.'"
I applaud your camera-op heroics, because I assume that if you were on scene at the Pleasant Oaks Apartments you would do all in your power to help that young man. Even if it meant you getting shot yourself, right?
I ask you this, what good is a downed paramedic going to do for you? In recent years we've all heard the news reports of gun violence. Now think with me, if someone took the initiative to shoot this young man, don't you think that person would use the gun again.
Now continue to think with me, if only there were a force that was highly trained on how to deal with gun violence. Maybe a group that had protection and guns of their own. Maybe we could call them the Police.
The Police have a job to do, and from what I've seen and read they did it effectively, allowing medics to treat the young man within 8 minutes after receiving the call. NOT the 21 minutes you claim.
You see everyone has a job to do. The Police secure the scene. The Medics treat the victim(s). The City Council member then has the job of placing blame on a group to make themselves look more important. Or maybe, just maybe, the City Councilman should instead make the city safer by curbing the violence which ravishes the city they serve.
To "The Man," I loved the letter. Hopefully more people are writing this jackhole (a term a good friend used to describe Mr Stokes).