Cops Reportedly Ignore Emergency Call Regarding Unconscious Infant & Drink Coffee Instead

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coffeeHave you ever stopped to consider how long it would take the cops to arrive at your doorstep if you called them? Did you factor in the time they'll spend drinking coffee and ignoring the call? That's what cops in Florida's Miami-Dade County are accused of doing when emergency calls came in for matters as serious as an unconscious 5-month-old!

The report from the internal affairs investigation is the latest to shine a bad light on police departments in America, and it's shocking in a whole new way. Dirty cops who are on the take are bad enough. Cops who can't take time out of their busy coffee-drinking schedules to actually help people in dire need are another breed entirely.

Among the worst allegations from the report, which dates back to 2010, are those against an Officer Dario Socarras who was called to help an unconscious 5-month-old. Socarras was videotaped at a cafe with his sergeant at the time, and he allegedly continued to sit and drink coffee for nine whole minutes before being cleared from the call. That's nine minutes when someone could have been helping that baby. Socarras' sergeant, Jennifer Gonzalez, and four other officers have also been caught on camera allegedly ignoring emergency dispatch calls.

Their stories might be rare -- ours is a nation filled with dedicated emergency responders -- but they're chilling all the same.

Like the military, healthcare, or the clergy, emergency service is the sort of career one is called to do, ostensibly to help people.

Most of us do not call for that help often. We don't get to do dry runs to get familiar with the 911 procedure. We save that call for when we really need it, and that's when we expect the cops, the firemen, the EMS, to come to our rescue faster than fast because, quite frankly, that's the job they signed up for and we NEED them to do it.

What has turned the allegations about one department in one county in Florida into national news isn't any particular thing about these six officers. It's what they represent. It's our fear that when we pick up the phone in our darkest hour and ask for help, help will sit down and drink a cup of coffee instead.

Do you have faith in the emergency responders in your neck of the woods? Do you worry that it will take them too long to arrive?

 

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jalaz77 jalaz77

I do have faith. Hoping the ambulance was there before cops though, I would be more at ease with a medic with a rig over a cop and his car. I work closely with our medics, they bring us patients everyday to the ER. The cop should of investigated sooner, what if it were an abused kiddo? It's hard to say why he took so long, there has to be more to the story.

Missi... MissiQuinn

I'm a former paramedic, and the unconscious infant situation is not a big deal. When a call like that goes out, the ambulance and fire department are the ones who respond. Police officers have very little medical training and usually only come to those calls to rule out child abuse. If the officer was far away and other officers were responding, there would be little he could do besides get in the way. If he was dispatched to the scene and failed to go then that's a problem, but honestly police officers are not the ones you want providing medical care. I'd be much more concerned if he failed to respond to a burglary.

xiolxuo xiolxuo

"Coffee drinking schedules" I really hope you are just talking about the ones that are wrong, and not every police officer. Just because they did the wrong thing doesn't mean that everyone is corrupt and just sits on their asses. I'm well acquainted with the law enforcement around where I live, as my boyfriend is an officer. They work harder than you could imagine.

nonmember avatar Jenny

When I needed emergency personnel at my home when my daughter died they were there so fast I barely had time to start CPR before they walked in the door. And they poured in after that and were VERY fast and efficient in their efforts to save her life. They were all amazing people who tried to revive her for much longer than they were required to and I still thank them to this day for their efforts.

abra819 abra819

missiquinn....no bid deal??!! Um, do you have children? Do you give a crap about them? Unbelievable!


 


Jenny, My hearts hearts for you.

jalaz77 jalaz77

MissiQuinn is right. You have to work in that field to really understand it. Unconscious infant is a big deal but a cop can't do much. Like I said give me a medic with a rig over a cop and his car any day. And this is why parents should learn basic life support/CPR cause any time waiting for someone is time wasted. When a kid goes into cardiac arrest the chance of them coming back is so unheard of, very very rare.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Jenny I am so sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine.

missusmc missusmc

Missiquin is absolutely right.  If this was about EMTs continuing to drink their coffee, that would be reason to get upset.  I know there are bad police officers, but the vast majority are excellent at their jobs.  They seriously work crazy long hours (hence the need for coffee) and see the worst things in our society.  We should be thanking them more often.

Missi... MissiQuinn

Yes, I do. I have a ten month old. And I would not let a police officer perform CPR on her. Did you know that if you do CPR inappropriately you can collapse a child's lungs? CPR will be ineffective after that and the child will probably die. It is much more effective to have a trained dispatcher coach the parents on the phone through CPR step by step until trained medical personnel arrive.



I have run these calls. A lot of the time, the police officers stay outside until we leave unless we need them. Police officers are not there to provide medical care. They will do it if there is no other option. But complaining that a police officer didn't respond to a medical call is like complaining the fire department didn't come to a burglary.

Flori... Floridamom96

What do police have to do with saving an unconscious infant? Isn't that what emts are for?

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