http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2012/10/24/diabetic-cleburne-teen-hit-with-taser-after-crash/ I am intimately familiar with T1 (type 1) Diabetes. My grandfather had it, my youngest kiddo has it. I thoroughly understand it so I base my comments both on personal and professional interactions. Diabetics are becoming an increasing issue for patrol officers. Too often, we have T1s and T2s operating vehicles while hypo/hyper glecemic. Our worst are those who go low and go into something I call Diabetic Psychosis. Now, the ADA takes offense to my terminology but it is the best term to describe the state many diabetics go into when they get extremely low. Further, you have diabetics who refuse to wear alert bracelets, seemingly assuming those who come to help will a) have clairvoyance to know they are diabetic and b) have a solid knowledge base about diabetes and reactions. I've watched the video that the ADA has produced. The video does not articulate how few diabetics, especially teens who do not want to wear the alerts, endanger themselves. Increasingly, I have dealt with diabetics who have knowingly driven when they knew they were getting low. It's gotten to a point that I will cite for reckless driving because they are driving in a willful and wanton disregard for persons and/or property by knowingly driving while low. The ADA takes offense to that but advocacy stops when diabetics endanger others. Was using an ECD appropriate in this case? Unknown as the video and audio don't show the physical state of the diabetic. I've had some passing out without fighting. In years past, I have had to wrestle diabetics with diabetic psychosis in order to get them contained and treated. One guy was so out of it that it took two officers, three firefighters and a medic with a glucose shot to get him under control. His BG (blood glucose) was below 40. Another crashed into a fence of a daycare. His behaviors were so physically active that I thought he was diving for a gun on the passenger side of his truck. Only after wrestling him out of the truck did he get the words out he was diabetic. His BG was 25. I do believe that street officers need refreshers on dealing with diabetics. However, officers should never jeopardize their safety just because someone is a diabetic. I have challenged the ADA to improve their training and outreach to LE. Sadly, they have been reluctant to do so without giving clear reasons why. I hope that in 2013, an improved and updated training program can happen. Meantime, document, document, document dealing with diabetics in psychotic states. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!