Because people who are handcuffed and/or strapped to a gurney need to be sedated. Or something. At urging of Minneapolis police, Hennepin EMS workers subdued dozens with a powerful sedative. Welcome to the police state, where the cops can have you drugged for no reason.
This is only one incident in which the use of a sedative is very questionable. Where the result was that the person drugged stopped breathing.
In a separate case detailed in the report, police sprayed an intoxicated woman in downtown Minneapolis with mace, and she appeared to have an asthma attack. The woman, who was not actively resisting police, asked for an asthma pump. Instead they handcuffed her to a stretcher and gave her ketamine, the report said.
Shortly before the body camera video cut out, an EMS worker asked, “What does ketamine do to asthmatics?”
In this case, it stopped the woman’s breathing, according to the report. She was resuscitated later at the hospital.
Because apparently asking for medical assistance – in the form of an asthma inhaler – is being disrespectful of their authority. (Hat tip A Geek with Guns.)