Many times, when police arrest someone, it is right after a situation where this same individual has been seriously injured and needs to go to the hospital. But instead of getting the medical attention they need, they are often times just thrown into jail to languish for 3 days before the initial appearance before a judge. The jail nurse may apply some bandages and put on some disinfectant, but the medical care is extremely limited. Very often the prisoner is not even provided anything to sleep on. So imagine this injured individual, in terrible pain, sleeping on a cold hard concrete floor, no blanket or pillow, like this continually for 2 or 3 days. There was a 64-year-old man in New Jersey who got into a fight with his wife and got stabbed in the neck. The police responded and happened to notice that there was more gunpowder being stored in the basement than legally allowed under State law (or so the police claimed, which is another matter). The police informed him they were placing him under arrest. The old man had to use his walker to even get to the police car. In another case there was a 25-year-old guy who was driving his motorcycle late at night, with his girlfriend on the bike behind him. They had just gone out to dinner at a nice restaurant where the guy had several glasses of wine. The guy made a sharp turn off a freeway onramp and the bike slipped and crashed. It had just been raining a little bit before so the road was a slippery. The two were able to walk away from the crashed bike but the guy had suffered serious lacerations on his arm and leg, and suffered severe injury to the tip of one of his fingers, completely losing the fingernail. A motorist who was driving by and saw that the bike had crashed dialed 911. Instead of an ambulance, the police came and arrested the guy. He was not drunk, but probably had a little bit more to drink than he should have. Because he had just been involved in a motorcycle crash 15 minutes ago, he was a little bit dazed and disoriented. He did not end up getting to the hospital until 4 days following the crash, after he was released on bail. The doctors in the hospital scrubbed out his wounds and gave him a brace for his finger. They told him he should have received medical attention earlier because it could have resulted in infection. While they were scrubbing out his wounds it was excruciatingly painful, but they the doctor claimed that if it wasn't done there could be gangrene, and ultimately that could lead to them having to amputate. The emergency room doctor seemed irked that the wounds had gone so long without being properly scrubbed and disinfected. Sick woman dies of dehydration in jail A 50-year-old woman, who being treated for a stomach illness, was arrested in the hospital for failing to pay court fines. In jail, she became too sick to eat and vomited all night. She was given a trash bag to vomit in, but was mostly ignored. Eventually she became too weak to even call for help. After 27 hours in the jail cell she died. http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20160224/PC16/160229636 Arizona Prisoner dies from Lung Cancer and gross neglect Ferdinand Dix had been sentenced to 6 years in Arizona state prison for drug crimes and forgery. The man also had lung cancer, and made multiple pleas for medical treatment. Instead of receiving proper attention, Dix was told to drink energy drinks. The cancer eventually moved to the rest of his body, severely impacting his liver and lymph nodes, and ultimately resulting in Dix’s death. A complaint alleges that Dix had been exhibiting signs and symptoms of lung cancer over a two-year period prior to his death. During this time the prisoner was seen by a physician only once, and that was only after Dix had been rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, only two weeks prior to his death. The prisoner had suffered gross medical neglect, and by the time he was finally taken to the hospital it was far too late. The hospital staff observed that Dix’s liver was grotesquely enlarged, 4 times bigger than a normal liver. During the last few months preceding his death Dix suffered horribly. Drunk driver involved in crash, was not given medical attention for injuries In 2014, Charles Brown, 41 years old, crashed his car. He had a prior misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence of alcohol earlier that year. Brown suffered four broken bones in his face, a concussion, and had a large cut on his face from a previous accident. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and given a blood test. Police officers came to the hospital and arrested Brown. He was then put in the drunk holding cell where he remained for several days and received no medical attention. Brown was eventually moved to the jail medical unit and given an antibiotic and ibuprofen, but his face continued swelling until one eye was closed and the other almost closed. When released from jail five days after his arrest, Brown's eye had to be lanced open to drain and to allow the tissue to regrow as it was beginning to die due to lack of circulation. Brown also suffered a torn rotator cuff that was not diagnosed at the hospital because he was unconscious and no one at the jail listened to his complaints or allowed him to see a doctor. http://www.courierpress.com/news/cr...r-dui--29b2486a-abe6-32e6-e053-365808271.html Situations where the one being arrested needs urgent medical attention are incredibly common, but most of the time unless the injuries are incredibly serious (like a gunshot wound), the individual fails to receive it. I think society needs to take a closer look at how individuals who have been arrested are treated when they have just been involved in a situation that caused them to suffer injuries. Or when police go into a hospital to arrest someone who is already suffering from medical issues.