I’ve had a concussion myself and processing is difficult for me.
A different look at the role of traumatic brain injury in police shootings.
One (possibly more) of the victims of recent police shootings had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Several bloggers who are victims of TBI are now expressing fear of interacting with police — fear that they too might be killed.
Traumatic brain injury can affect sufferers in a variety of ways. Some common effects include:
- Speed in processing instructions
- Reaction time to stimuli
What appears to have happened is that a police officer in a confrontation gives an order to someone who does not respond to the order promptly. The officer interprets the non-reaction as hostility and it escalates from there into a shooting.
TBI patients may not react promptly, and the non-reaction indicates nothing more than that they are having trouble processing the instructions. They don’t deserve to die for that. They are already suffering enough.
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