Boy, 14, allegedly stabs Springfield police officer (MA)

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    Boy, 14, allegedly stabs Springfield police officer (MA)

    As reported in my local paper the Daily Hampshire Gazette:

    [Originally published on: Thursday, February 07, 2008 ]

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A Springfield police officer was stabbed in the chest Wednesday by a 14-year-old boy who had refused for days to get out of bed, authorities said.

    Officer Kevin Fitzgerald, a 20-year veteran of the force, went to the apartment just before 11 a.m. after a call to police by the mother. The teen is a "special needs" student and has a history of violence, police spokesman John Delaney said. The teen's mother said the boy had not been out of bed for two days, had not taken his medication for depression and was agitated. Police found him on the floor, surrounded by pillows with a blanket over him that hid his hands. He appeared to be in a catatonic-like state, Delaney said.

    Police had responded to a similar call on Feb. 1, he said.

    "We don't want to use the term routine call, but this is a call that officer in our department are dispatched (to) on a daily basis," Delaney said.

    When Fitzgerald, 44, tried to lift the teen and take him to an ambulance, the boy stabbed him with a punching-like motion with a 4-inch paring knife, Delaney said. Fitzgerald was not wearing a bulletproof vest, and the blade went into his chest up to the handle.

    A second officer disarmed the teenager.

    Fitzgerald was taken to Baystate Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

    The boy was in the custody of juvenile authorities Wednesday afternoon, charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a police officer.

    The story can be found at; http://www.dailyhampshiregazette.com...fm?id_no=79434

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    Sincerely hope that the officer recovers.

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    One just never knows when dumb stuff like this will happen. I hope the officer fully recovers and the little nit wit is in the slammer for an extended period of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walvord View Post
    One just never knows when dumb stuff like this will happen. I hope the officer fully recovers and the little nit wit is in the slammer for an extended period of time.
    I too hope the officer recovers, but I don't like the idea of paying for the bg's food, room, and board for an extended period of time. Would much rather the issue had been fixed on the spot.
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    Hope the officer fully recovers...
    Hope the little thug discovers what REAL violence is like in prison...
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    Why would you even think that a mentally challenged person would go to prison for their actions? We (the United States) don't do that. It is used against us by lots of people who understand the weakness in our system, so why would someone who might actually fit the description it was made for go to jail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigiceman View Post
    Why would you even think that a mentally challenged person would go to prison for their actions? We (the United States) don't do that. It is used against us by lots of people who understand the weakness in our system, so why would someone who might actually fit the description it was made for go to jail?
    I suspect you are correct on this. The most that will happen to this kid is he will be put into some kind of "pysch" ward until they can get his "medications" regulated. Once they do that he will be declared no longer a threat and be released. Once released he will decide to quit taking his medication and everything will start over. Next time the LEO will probably decide to use his tazer and once again we will have the outcry from everyone, "Don't taze me bro". People like to complain and run cops down but there is no way that I could be one especially for cases like this.

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    The paradox-some mentally ill people-that's SOME-can be very dangerous, as shown above. BUT...the public at large expects police officers to treat them not as potential threats or REAL threats, but patients in need of attention..which they are. Note what happens in the media when officers are forced to use force or deadly force on someone in a full blown psychotic episode (even drug induced) that has turned or been pushed into violence. I think seeing this...no, wait, I've been there repeatedly, I know without a doubt...causes officers to compromise safety tactics.
    I was involved in detaining one a bit older that was in a psychotic episode this this week. Despite active resistance/assaultive behavior, he sustained only minor cut (no sutures needed) on his face in the event, thanks to the TASER, but the family went absolutely bananas over the UOF. Perhaps the above officer did what so many do-and thankfully we are trained more often not to-compromised his safety in an effort to solve the problem as gently as possible in view of the family. UOF is never pretty, even that which is needed.
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    Willing to become a murderer to defend one's ability to remain truant. He joins a large and growing club, sad to say.

    Interesting that police were called to involve themselves in a obstinate boy at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Willing to become a murderer to defend one's ability to remain truant. He joins a large and growing club, sad to say.

    Interesting that police were called to involve themselves in a obstinate boy at home.
    I've got a feeling this won't be the last time this kid does something violent. As someone else said, they'll get him back on his meds and he'll be back at home in no time.
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    OK, your kid won't get out of bed and take his medication?

    Why are the parents calling the police for this? In my day, if I didn't get out of bed I can assure you that my parents would've seen to it that I got out of bed.

    This is a parenting problem, not a "police problem". Parents need to act like parents. OK, I'm going to get off this thread before I type something I will regret.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Officer and his family.

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