Posted: June 1st, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
Mili Note: Of course, had anyone in the hospital at the time been carrying a gun and shot the officer pretending to be a terrorist, that person would not be a hero, but would be in prison on charges of murder.
At the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada this past Monday, a very unusual and terrifying scene took place that left nearly all its participants in shock — both out of fear and genuine bewilderment as to how safety planners could be so stupid.
That’s because last Monday, an off-duty police officer stormed into the hospital’s Sienna campus, where the most sick patients are cared for, and pointed a gun at staff. He then ordered as many as 10 nurses down a hallway and into a room, according to a local report.
It all turned out to be a “safety” drill gone horribly wrong.
“Just last year, Henderson police shot and killed an armed, hostile man in the emergency room,”The Las Vegas Sun noted. “So it would make sense that security and emergency preparedness have been a focus at the hospital.
“But in Monday’s incident, which occurred in a unit that houses the hospital’s sickest patients, nurses, patients and their families did not know it was a drill, said Renee Ruiz, organizer of the California Nurses Association, which represents staff at the hospital.”