It is good to see that one person involved in this incident had established priorities. Unfortunately, they were totally screwed up priorities. This happened in Las Vegas.
Here is the situation. Dad accidently locked his one year old daughter in the car. He claimed that the air conditioner was on. He claimed his brother was enroute with a spare set of keys.
The cops offered to call a locksmith, a tow truck or to break a window. All of these options entailed an expense to this potential father of the year. The father refused, after all it was a brand new car.
After waiting several minutes the cops broke a window. The child died at the scene. What does that mean? Journalism is no longer practiced. Reporters put random shit under the headline, it is there to take up space, not inform. “Several minutes” does that mean five? How about 120? Was the kid dead when the police gained entry to the vehicle? Or was she alive and died after rescue and prior to transport? If we rely on the MSM we may never know.
This shit isn’t hard. Kid locked in a car and unresponsive? For me there is no debate. I’m getting into that car as quickly as possible. What daddy wants isn’t a consideration.
There are tools designed to defeat locked car doors with no or minimal damage. Some police departments equip their officers with such tools and offer the service as a PR lick. Other departments have a strict prohibition against officers unlocking cars. These departments typically cite fear of being sued for damaging a vehicle. The other reason is that the shear volume of calls for service doesn’t allow for an officer to be tied up because an idiot locked their keys in the car.
It is against the law to leave a child unattended in a vehicle. An unresponsive child takes things a step further into the realm of a medical emergency. I’m sure that such a policy was never intended to prevent a rescue of a child in distress.
I have a problem with the cop who failed to act. Between the lines I wonder about his supervisors and the agency. I don’t have enough information about the agency. I’m comfortable calling the officer a ballless idiot. He had one job, “Do the right thing, right now.” Instead he engaged in let’s make a deal with a father, every bit as stupid as the cop.
I lay some of the blame on the supervisors and agency. It appears that the two combined have established a climate where officers are afraid to act. Or a fear that if they do act the department will not back them. Policy and Procedure were developed to guide decision making. Policy and Procedure manuals are written on paper. Even the ten commandments written in granite had some wiggle room.