Medical malpractice kills thousands of times more people than cops. So why aren’t we defunding the doctors?

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Reader’s Comment: In 2021 police utilized deadly force over a thousand times in the line of duty. In any given year 250,000 die in this country from medical practitioners’ errors. If true, why is the medical profession escaping the same scrutiny that cops endure?

Thousands of police officers are leaving. Violence is skyrocketing. There are cities that don’t have enough police officers to respond to 911 calls.

Both professions face the same pressures and make the same split-second decisions during times of enormous stress. Both are losing a lot of people. 500,000 nurses will retire in 2022, creating a shortage of about 1.1 million nurses.

Comment From A Reader (edited for brevity)

I find it amazing in 2021 police used deadly force 1,050 times in the line of duty. In any given year 250,000 die in this country from medical practitioners’ errors. But there are no protests, no demands for justice or accountability.

We saw that during the overwhelming expectations during the pandemic medical professionals left the field due to the demands of the job. It’s similar to those tired of the scarlet letter in law enforcement. Less than .5% are doing the wrong things while on the job.

Imagine if the public demanded reform in the medical profession as they have with law enforcement. Would we see cities burning, medical facilities vandalized, protests, and demands of prosecution on every corner?

Where are the politicians and advocates since the disparity in medical treatment for minorities is well documented? Where is the media?

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When I was a cop, I went to a hospital one evening to take the statement of an accident victim. I walked through the emergency room door and was immediately begged by the head nurse to stay. She said that there were opposing factions threatening violence and the staff (including their security) was afraid. My shift supervisor approved.

A reader (quoted above) asks why the same level of scrutiny applied to cops doesn’t pertain to the medical profession and their 250,000 deaths a year due to errors versus 1,000 (the vast major justified) by police officers?

You could ask the same questions of accountability about biased journalism (data states that most reporters have a political preference) or religious leaders involved in sexual assaults or business people involved in fraud (remember the last recession?), attorneys and shady dealings, crooked politicians, or any other profession.

Is there a double standard for cops?

If we had videos of others doing wrong, would it change the dynamics? What we do have are videos of a small percentage of officers doing unethical and illegal acts during their 40 million yearly citizen contacts.

To be fair, the law enforcement profession is held to a higher standard than most, and when a cop does something wrong, the videos are offered endlessly. Yet I’m not aware of officers who condone the illegal use of force or purposeful disrespect towards anyone. Polls show that, regardless of demographics, Americans rate cops highly, much higher than most professions.

The medical profession is vastly overworked, especially so through COVID. Per my nursing friends, it’s stressful beyond anyone’s comprehension. Under these circumstances, it’s incredibly easy to make a mistake.

It’s the same argument made by those in law enforcement.

National Public Radio-Nurses Quitting Because They Fear Prosecution

Emma Moore felt cornered. At a community health clinic in Portland, Ore., the 29-year-old nurse practitioner said she felt overwhelmed and undertrained. Coronavirus patients flooded the clinic for two years, and Moore struggled to keep up.

Then the stakes became clear. On March 25, about 2,400 miles away in a Tennessee courtroom, former nurse RaDonda Vaught was convicted of two felonies and now faces eight years in prison for a fatal medication mistake.

Like many nurses, Moore wondered if that could be her. She’d made medication errors before, although none so grievous. But what about the next one? In the pressure cooker of pandemic-era health care, another mistake felt inevitable.

Four days after Vaught’s verdict, Moore quit. She said the verdict contributed to her decision.

A similar incident has caused police officers to reconsider their careers.

Kim Potter

Kim Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who mistakenly drew a gun instead of a Taser and fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison. The sentence comes nearly two months after Potter was convicted of first- and second-degree manslaughter. But Potter is a “cop who made a tragic mistake,” the judge added. “She drew her firearm thinking it was a Taser, and ended up killing a young man.” CNN.

With thousands of police officers leaving the job, how many felt that they could easily be in the same position as Ms. Potter?

If 1 In 5 Healthcare Workers Have Quit, Where Have They Gone?

A frequently cited statistic is that nearly 1 in 5 healthcare workers have quit their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an October 2021 Morning Consult report.

The American Nurses Association predicts about 500,000 nurses will retire in 2022, creating a shortage of about 1.1 million nurses.

Gallup-Public Opinion On Health Care

Data suggests that the healthcare industry has issues with declining positives and increasing negatives.

Public Opinion Of Health Care

Medical Care Problems The Number Three Cause of Death

A meta-analysis of such studies concluded that the average annual death rate from such errors in the first decade of the 2000s was in the neighborhood of 250,000. That’s more than enough to make medical care gone awry the number three cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer.

Black Americans-Health Care-And Cops

Per Pew, Black Americans offer a mixed assessment of the progress that has been made improving health outcomes for Black people: 47% say health outcomes for Black people have gotten better over the past 20 years, while 31% say they’ve stayed about the same and 20% think they’ve gotten worse.

Asked about their own health care experiences, most Black Americans have positive assessments of the quality of care they’ve received most recently. However, a majority (56%) say they’ve had at least one of several negative experiences, including having to speak up to get the proper care and being treated with less respect than other patients, Pew.

Pew’s findings are similar to how African Americans see their interactions with law enforcement; mostly positive perceptions concurrent with issues regarding respect.

It’s Not Just Nurses-Cops Are Leaving

I previously posted the numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics below. Note that there are approximately 700,000 sworn police officers with approximately 300,000 civilians in support. The chart below provides information on local law enforcement and excludes state and federal agencies.

The Marshall Project states that local police agencies lost about 4,000 employees per annual number comparing 2019-2021.

However, if you look at the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country lost 11,009 police officers from March of 2020 to March of 2021.

I’m currently working with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to update this data.

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Number Of Police Officers

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Police Officers Declining

There is research from the Police Executive Research Forum and other sources indicating that we are losing a ton of police officers due to quitting, recruitment and retirements. Morale within law enforcement is declining considerably.

Those who remain are reluctant to engage in proactive policing. The only effort that indicates reductions in crime are proactive police strategies via the US Department of Justice and the National Academies of Sciences. Proactivity means that officers will take their own initiative to approach someone when they have the legal right to question or search. Proactive policing embraces a variety of tactics. But proactivity has major challenges.

But proactive policing is currently dead in the hearts of minds of many (most?) cops. They heard the protestors-politicians and media loud and clear.  The only modality with a chance to restore peace and safety is currently off the table despite progressive big-city mayors begging police officers to re-embrace the strategy.

Conclusions

The comments from the reader are correct, the medical profession has immense problems with 250,000 yearly mistakes resulting in deaths. Many know of problems in policing but few are aware of mortality issues in the medical field. Why? Where are the endless protests to hold the medical community accountable?

In a chart offered by The Skeptic, people (based on political affiliation) estimated the number of unarmed Black men killed by law enforcement in 2019. Estimates ranged from 100 to 1,000 to 10,000 to more than 10,000 with those claiming a liberal affiliation leading the way as to higher estimates. However, all groups including moderates to conservatives grossly exaggerated the numbers.

According to the Washington Post database, regarded by Nature magazine as the “most complete database,” 13 unarmed black men were fatally shot by police in 2019. According to a second database called “Mapping Police Violence”, compiled by data scientists and activists, 27 unarmed black men were killed by police (by any means) in 2019, The Skeptic. Unarmed doesn’t mean they were not posing a danger to police or citizens.

Why is the public so eager to embrace complete falsehoods about cops?

First, we acknowledge that some in law enforcement have made major mistakes. We need to rededicate ourselves to the highest sense of honor. There are issues of respect within the African American community. Every cop understands this.

Second, regardless of demographics, the public has a very high opinion of cops “and” nurses per Gallup and other polls. The public understands that it’s incredibly easy to make mistakes while making split-second decisions under enormous pressure.

Third, the other professions noted above “are” held accountable. Medical malpractice lawsuits are enormous. Priests and ministers have been incarcerated for sexual assault. The Catholic church will never be the same. Those causing the last recession received an incredible amount of media scrutiny. Journalism lost thousands of jobs concurrent with declining trust and perceived bias.

But with thousands of cops leaving, cities don’t have enough police officers to respond to 911 calls. Violence is skyrocketing. Fear of crime is at record levels. Firearm purchases are at all-time highs. People and businesses are leaving cities.

It’s fine to hold cops accountable, but the reader asks if the level of harsh accountability is justified when compared to the “sins” of other professions; 250,000 yearly medical deaths versus 1,000 for law enforcement with the overwhelming majority justified because of armed criminals threatening cops or others.

With USDOJ data stating that force “or” the threat of force is used during less than three percent of 40 million citizen encounters and that the overwhelming majority of those polled believe that their officers acted appropriately, is it ethically proper to judge a million police employees based on the sins of a few?

Is the medical field (or other professions) ducking public accountability considering the harm they cause far outweighs the mistakes of cops?

I’ll let you provide the answers.

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UCLA’s so-called “equity director” wished death on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

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LOS ANGELES, CA- Once again we find a “tolerant” liberal acting intolerant.

The latest incarnation comes courtesy of a professor at UCLA, where the “race and equity” director recently hoped for (and said it out loud) the death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, National File reports.

A week or so back, Thomas was hospitalized with “flu-like” symptoms along with an unidentified infection. The leading conservative on the high court has since been released from the hospital and is said to be recovering nicely. He recently joined deliberations remotely.

For UCLA’s Jonathan Perkins however, that was bad news.

In a Twitter rant, Perkins tweeted the following:

“No one wants to openly admit [we all] hope Clarence Thomas dies. Whatever you need to tell yourselves,” he wrote. “This whole rule we’re not to wish ill on people is silly. Uncle Thomas [racist much?] is a sexist token who’s committed himself to making us all share in he and his treasonous wife’s misery.”

https://twitter.com/JohnathanPerk/status/1507218693834649600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1507218693834649600%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftownhall.com%2Ftipsheet%2Fjuliorosas%2F2022%2F03%2F28%2Fucla-race-equity-wished-for-justice-clarence-thomas-death-n2605125

The last comment refers to Thomas’s wife, Ginni Thomas, who is a conservative activist and avowed supporter of former President Donald Trump. That of course is all it takes to set liberals such as Perkins into orbit.

The “Uncle Thomas” statement refers to “Uncle Tom,” a racist term thrown by liberals at any black who doesn’t support the extreme ideology of the progressive left. Originally represented as a character in the antislavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” those who are so-named have been criticized by people such as Malcolm X and others for their subservience to slave owners.

Fox News reached out to UCLA to see if Perkins’ comments were reflective of the university’s beliefs. In a statement, Anna Spain Bradley, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the university said Perkins’ tweet “does not reflect my or UCLA EDI’s views.”

According to the UCLA Equity department, it lists:

“…support for communities that have been victims of racism, members of our community with disabilities, our LGBTQIA+” [why don’t they just hit the whole alphabet?] as a priority on the university’s website.

It also notes that UCLA and the entire University of California system has dozens of “equity”-themed task forces which they say are devoted to advancing the needs and wishes of non-white and LGBT, etc., students. White and Asian students, however, receive no such emphasis.

In subsequent tweets, Perkins accused the justice’s wife of “treason” and said that because the couple was married, that somehow justified his being impeached. As we saw with the two bogus impeachments of Trump, leftist Democrats don’t need much of a reason to pursue articles of impeachment against someone.

He also claimed that Justice Thomas was not, in fact sick but rather was admitted to the hospital on “the exact day the January 6th Committee [Spanish inquisition] released/leaked information implicating him and his wife? Grow up, Peter Pan. Smh.” We’ll go with leaked and Thomas wasn’t implicated in diddly squat.

The man is clearly in need of medication.

Meanwhile, UCLA has taken no action against Perkins.

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- If you ever wonder why students attending college are devoid of reasoning meet Chad Topaz, a math professor at the uber-liberal Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. One clue—he is the founder of the Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (QSIDE). That should tell you all you need to know.

According to Topaz, the field of mathematics is “informed by white supremacy,” and the only way to combat this is to identify all suspected “white supremacist” mathematicians and place them on an “enemies list.”

Topaz is, according to a blog called Campus Insanity a self-proclaimed expert in so-called “antiracist teaching.” He recently authored an essay in which he explained why he believes his “non-woke” colleagues need to be placed under surveillance and punished for not subscribing to his clearly insane ideologies.

Warning: Topaz gets his definitions of racism and antiracism from race-hustler Ibram X. Kendi as derived from his fictional work “How to be an Antiracist.” He goes on to define so-called “antiracist teaching” as “teaching that produces or sustains racial equity.”

Want to know how insane this guy is? He practices something called “ungrading” in his classroom, as follows:

  • Nothing in this course is graded. The professor doesn’t assign points/letter grades
  • Instead you’ll get copious written and oral feedback from the professor and TA.
  • You’ll evaluate yourself each week and you’ll choose your own final letter grade.*
  • Rec letters will be based on my view of your work. I require advance notice of 4 weeks.
  • *Your chosen grade cannot be an A+. In cases of extreme abuse of the system, I reserve the right to alter your chosen grade (though I have never before had to do so).

The enemies list Topaz is formulating is intended to “study” the so-called “racist views” of his colleagues. Thus far, QSIDE has identified some 4,000 names among 26 different categories dependent on whether or not they signed letters that opposed his radical leftist agenda, or if they belong to professional organizations he doesn’t support.

An example of one such letter written in opposition to Topaz’s intimidation has 680 signatures, and calls upon the American Mathematical Society (AMS) to “make a clear statement that bullying and intimidation have no place in our community.”

That letter is in reference to an incident from 2019, in which the unhinged Topaz attempted to get University of California, Davis math professor Abigail Thompson fired because she opposed mandatory diversity statements.

One signatory, Jerry Coyne, emeritus professor of biology at The University of Chicago said:

“Topaz funds [QSIDE] in part by giving donors the gift of ‘diversity statement help’ from his organization. Thus, by promoting requirements for diversity statements, Topaz is also plumping for donations to his own organization.”

On individual who has tired of Topaz’s antics is a blogger named Chris Brunet, who writes for Karlstack on Substack.com. Chris said that he attempted to contact all 680 signatories of the letter to the AMS, and received responses from 125 of them.

He said “reactions ranged from mild amusement to complete indifference, to anger, shock and disgust.” He noted that many pointed out that the “list was for Topaz to damage the career prospects of his enemies.”

Following are some of the responses:

“Chad Topaz has been vocally active in trying to damage the careers of those whom he disagrees with politically.”- Aryeh Kontorovich, computer sciences professor at Ben-Gurion University.

“I have no problem being on the list myself but tremble to think how this will affect the practice of our science, especially its effect on young mathematicians.”- Sergiu Klainerman, math professor at Princeton.

“There was one individual who tried to ‘shame’ me by email. It didn’t work. (She has a long history of confrontational behaviour, both with me and with others).”-Peter Ozsvath, math professor at Princeton.

“I agree that the motivation behind QSIDE’s actions was likely, in part, to chill speech…this is a huge problem for people earlier in their career.”- Brendon Rhoades, math professor at UC San Diego.

“The authors, predominantly members of QSIDE, have a very specific political agenda…it is reasonable to believe that the QSIDE authors believe that a scorched earth approach to obtaining their political ends is appropriate.”- Jeffrey Stuart, math professor at Pacific Lutheran University.

“In the old Soviet Union, many people came to do mathematics because it was the least prone to political manipulation, and so it is a shock to the many of us who came to the US to see that the political component here is, astoundingly, far worse than it was in the USSR.”- Igor Rivin, math professor at Temple University.

And another who escaped the old Soviet Union:

“I actually was not aware about this site Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, but I do not care if someone thinks I had wrong views. I grew up in the Soviet Union so I am not intimidated easily.”- Benjamin Sudakov, math professor at ETH Zurich.

“My guess is the ‘institute’ is not much more than a one-man project, as turning oneself into an institute is a standard academic ruse to inflate one’s importance…With 1/3 of a billion Americans sitting around in a pandemic with little to do, some will go nutty, and inevitably some of those will also self-identify as mathematicians and/or institutes.”- Martin Scharlemann, math professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

That is only a small sample of the letter signatories. Karlstack goes on to note that a number of them later became founding members of a group called the Association for Mathematical Research (AMR), which launched last year.

“It’s not just a coincidence that the AMR was founded on the heels of a greater push for diversity within the AMS,” writes Lee Peralta. “In this way, the AMR seems more like a separatist organization for those who are striving for some kind of ‘purity’ within mathematics away from ‘impure’ considerations of race, gender, class, ability ,sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status (among others).”

The president of AMR, Joel Haas, a math professor at UC Davis told Karlstack that the organization “intends to focus exclusively on matters of research and scholarship.” They noted a number of other professors agreed with that sentiment.

While some claim there is no animus between the AMR and AMS, the latter seems to have much in common with QSIDE, as noted in the following statement from a computer science professor at UT Austin:

“Starting a new mathematical society, even an avowedly diverse and apolitical one, is really just an implicit claim that existing societies, like the AMS, have been co-opted by woke true-believers,” wrote the professor, Scott Aronson. “But that’s paranoid and insane! I mean, it’s not as if an AMS blog has called for the mass resignation of white male mathematicians to make room for the marginalized, or the boycott of Israeli universities, or the abolition of the criminal justice system.”

Brunet said he reached out to Topaz to get his input, however only received a snarky reply on Twitter.

Then, Topaz started posting tweets with sexual innuendo toward Brunet:

Brunet noted that a number of professors at Williams College suggested he file an official complaint against Topaz. He said however that while he believes Topaz had indeed sexually harassed him, he thought it was more of a bullying/intimidation type of approach albeit “in a really sexually aggressive way.”

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