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Protester says she was injected with a sedative against her will

Abortion rights activist claims forced sedation during protest at Chase Center

A protester filed a federal civil suit against the City of San Francisco.Golden She was handcuffed for demonstrating in support of abortion rights at the State Warriors' championship game.

Kareim McKnight and friend Amanda Piasecki stepped onto the main floor as they attended Game 5 of the Warriors Series against the Boston Celtics at the Chase Center on June 13. Step in, ``Overturn Roe.

A video shared by his McKnight attorney, John Burris, who filed the lawsuit this week, showed security officers dragging his McKnight and Piasecki out of the venue.

Abortion Protester Sedated
Kaleim McKnight (center) speaks to reporters at a press conference outside the Chase Center, advocating for federal civil rights to San Francisco. San Francisco fire and police departments on August 10, 2022, announcing the filing of the lawsuit. Godofredo A. Vásquez / AP

Francisco Police Sergeant threatened to sedate her.

"I was dragged out, strangled and tied up. Then an SFPD sergeant came to me and sedated me. I threatened to let you go." she said.

She said San Francisco Fire Department employees tied her to a gurney and wheeled her toward her emergency vehicle.

"I was on the ground handcuffed in front of an emergency vehicle when one of the firefighter girlfriends pointed a needle at me. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I winced and said, "No. 'If I'm allergic, I can't just inject it,' she said.

McKnight said paramedics never asked her any medical questions about her, nor did she tell her what she had been injected with. She said she felt dizzy and began to slur her words.

"It is shocking and illegal to inject a protester against her will," said Mr. Barris, adding that the official could not be held responsible for her own actions under McKnight's Fourth Amendment. He added that he had violated his right to control his body.

She was taken to Kaiser Permanente Hospital for follow-up, and the hospital gave her documents stating that she had been given 5 milligrams of a sedative called Versed. . McKnight shared a photo of the documents with her Associated Press, explaining that she was in "a state of mental distress after she had an altercation with SFPD."

McKnight said she was not suffering mentally.

According to the County of San Francisco, San Francisco's policy on treating adults "with serious agitation endangering themselves or others" states that short-acting drugs sold under the brand name Versed The use of midazolam, a type sedative, has been approved. Protocols for emergency medical services.

The San Francisco Fire Department has not disclosed when the county approved the use of sedatives on those in custody or the number of times sedatives were used on detainees.


CBS Bay Area has reached out to both SFPD and SFFD for comment on the allegations, but both agencies have declined to comment on the pending litigation. Reportedly unable, the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. 

The firm's spokesperson, Jenn Quart, said in a statement, "We have not yet received the complaint. I will.”

The use of sedatives by authorities has been linked to police reform protesters police stopping Elijah McClainin 2020. It first gained national attention when it emphasized death. Paramedics were called in a Denver suburb in August 2019 and injected McClane with the powerful sedative ketamine, but they misestimated his weight and gave him more than 1.5 times the dose he should have received. gave.

At the age of 23, McClain suffered a cardiac arrest and was later declared brain dead and taken off life support.

The Associated Press 2020 Policy on Ketamine Use and Analysis of Cases Where the Drug Was Used During Police Encounters Finds Lack of Police Training, Inconsistent Medical Standards, and Hospitalization and Treatment A nonexistent protocol that leads to Fatalities (number. This review found no federal standards for drug use by law enforcement and emergency medical personnel. Because state policies and reporting requirements vary, It is not clear how regularly it is used or why.

"The worst part about giving her an injection was that she was tied to a gurney and handcuffed, so she

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