After a fire erupted in his family’s home in Kent, Ohio, 19-year-old Michael “Mikey” Bartlett, Jr. suffered two sets of injuries, both of them avoidable.
His ear, head, back, and arm were burned as a result of his efforts to get his friends and family to safety.
Once outside, Mikey suffered electro-shock torture at the hands of armed tax-feeders who were otherwise content to stand in subsidized stupefaction and watch the fire without bestirring themselves to help the victims.
Shannon, Mikey’s sister, had left the house before the fire erupted. Seeing the house on flames, and a knot of police simply standing around collecting overtime, Shannon approached Sgt. Ed Wheeler and asked, “Can you guys help?”
“Yes, ma’am!” replied Sgt. Wheeler, dutifully springing into action at risk to life and limb.
Well — perhaps that version took place in some alternate reality.
Back in this dimension, Wheeler’s behavior was just what we’d expect from a tax-fattened bully: He “laughed in my face,” recounted Shannon, calling her an obscene name and then grousing, “What the [expletive] you think we’re gonna do?”
At some point, Mikey got cross-wise with the donut-feeders, who treated him to a dose of electro-shock torture, handcuffed him, and charged him with “misconduct at an emergency and resisting arrest,” both of which are cover charges for his real “offense,” which was “contempt of cop” — or, perhaps in this case, making the armed government drones look bad by actually doing something to help people in trouble.
Mikey was confined to the Kent jail for nine hours before being arraigned, and then detained an additional two and a half hours before being permitted to get treatment at the Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Mikey’s dad, Michael Sr., says that although he’s disgusted by the behavior of Kent’s, ahem, Finest during that emergency, he believes that “the world would be a worse place without police officers.” That’s an eminently contestable opinion.10:04 am on November 4, 2009 Email William Norman Grigg