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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Injured citizens should be cared for, not treated with indifference

By Marlon Jordan
October 17, 2012 | 5:12 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — I found the tragic story that appeared on NBC's "Today" show recently, pertaining to a young woman who had been injured in a car wreck, inspiring and helpful to me, as I relate to her injury and recovery because of my son's injuries after a recent shooting.

The shooting occurred on Aug. 21 in Columbia. It shall be noted that no suspects have been apprehended for questioning or investigation by any local, state or federal agencies. However, my family has been treated with such violent judgment in the carrying out of the duties required by law departments that enforce the laws that protect each resident from harm or injury.

The hospital broke its privacy agreement and went against our wishes by allowing a police officer and hospital security officer on Aug. 22 to enter my son's room, violate his privacy and jeopardize his care. My son was never identified as a shooter and was not a suspect or wanted for a crime.

The discretion and decisions used to motivate the actions and behaviors that are conducted and performed by the officials in this case were typically abusive reactions and unjust exercises of power and rule, resulting in domination over the victim or victims subjected to their authority and jurisdiction. 

When a victim has a neck injury as severe as the one described by the "Today" show or an injury such as my son's injury — a gunshot wound to the neck — we can see an example of gross indifference in which University Hospital provided medical treatment and services, in concert with the violent acts of the Columbia Police Department. 

This young woman from the "Today" show was involved in a car wreck, therefore, it's logical to believe the local police department were involved in that case. Moreover, I am sure they had to do a follow-up investigation or report and ascertain from the injured party, as urgently as possible, all the evidence and information detailing the injury.

However, the most valuable information I obtained from the NBC broadcast was the expert testimony from one of her 40-odd doctors. He mentioned that this young woman could not risk being subjected to coughing or any other sudden movement of her neck and body, as a result of the nature and severity of her injury. In retrospect, this was the main goal and concern for our son, Marlon D. Jordan.

In contrast to this young woman's experience, the first officer on the scene when my son was shot in the neck drew his weapon and ordered him to lie down on the ground. My son was clearly unarmed, bleeding and crying out, "I've been shot. I've been shot."

Instead of a community of support, my son laid at risk of death on Aug. 21 to 22, surrounded and enveloped by 360 degrees of medical mistreatment and improper police services.

In contrast to this young woman's experience, five or six Columbia police officers were gathered outside my son's room at University Hospital on Aug. 21, and hospital staff challenged any visitors. He did not have the same support from doctors and therapists and was rudely discharged the day after the shooting with little guidance about his care even though the bullet was still lodged in his neck.

Because my son has a past criminal conviction in the last 10 years, he doesn't qualify for victim's compensation or advocacy. I believed police were operating under this assumption from the day of the shooting and that is why we were treated this way.

Please provide refuge and remedial action for those of us who cannot accept promises of human rights and justice in Boone County. 

None shall ever be above the law. 

Based on my experience doing business with public agencies, I have come to expect violent ruling, decision, discretion, judgment and domination from my respected public servants. 

I thank you for your time and consideration.

Marlon Jordan is a Columbia resident.