Protestors Feel Authorities Did Not Do Enough For Drowning Victim

by Staff Blogger | June 13th, 2011

June 13, 2011

On Sunday, a group of Alameda protesters waded into the waters off the shore of Crown Memorial State Beach to demonstrate how easy it would have been for police and firefighters to rescue a suicidal man that drowned last month. The Oakland Tribune reports that about 10 people waded into chest deep water with approximately the same weather and tide conditions of last Memorial Day, when the man drowned.

“We want to put to rest all this nonsense,” said Liz Williams, one of the protesters. “We want to take one argument off the table and show that these guys were cowards.”

They say authorities responded incorrectly last month, when they left a 53-year-old man in the water to drown because of bureaucratic red-tape that left all first responders with their hands tied due to a lack of training or resources to enter the water after the man.

According to NY Daily News, an Alameda police spokesperson said that their officers did not enter the water because the suicidal man posed a possible threat to them. Fire officials say the departments water rescue program was cut in 2009, when it lost funding. Since then, firefighters have not been trained in water rescues.

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