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Person arrested inside Boston Medical Center with a loaded gun, police say

Boston Police report arresting a Texas resident with a loaded gun inside Boston Medical Center's Shapiro Center early Saturday.

Police say Saquawana Anderson, 28, of Killeen, TX, was arrested around 3:50 a.m. Police recovered a loaded 9-mm Taurus handgun from Anderson "during an investigation" inside the building, which includes the hospital emergency room. Police did not detail the nature of the investigation.

Anderson was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Innocent, etc.




So just how insane has the Mass/Cass Area become. Why that person had a loaded gun in a Hospital at 3:20 am id a topic for endless hypothesis. The real question is what will Janey et al do about this now? The Suffolk D.A is a joke, the BPD has had their hands tied and the Citizens in Boston's quality of life is simply one of fear. Shooting after shooting week after week, no response no plan.


Do you really want to live in a world where the police depart having "untied hands" is the solution to situations like this? Can you please further describe what that world looks like overall?


I fail to see a supported argument in your post.

A person allegedly illegally possessed a firearm inside BMC. They got caught. They were arrested. Seems like the course of events played out how it is supposed to in such a situation.


Non sequitur. I’d give this a 10/10.


Become? As opposed to the idyllic refuge of peace it was before?


Emergency rooms should be the first places like airports to have top shelf security. Hell, you have flammables, shooting victims who still want to be killed buy the guy who missed, all kinds of crazy shit.


ERs w/ trauma centers generally have public safety officers w/ metal detecting wands, and armed hospital police just a yell away.


when all your knowledge of Emergency Room events & procedures is from episodes of Grey's Anatomy.


Many of the people going to ERs are dealing with physical and/or emotional trauma and are statistically going to be people who've had more trauma in their pasts, as well as poorer and browner than average. People going to the ER for panic attacks or self-harm that stem largely from racial trauma are often further upset by seeing police in a place where they are seeking safety. My experience as a clinician/parent/neighbor/friend accompanying people in such situations is that the ER psych clinicians generally understand that the police signify danger to most people of color and people with psychiatric disabilities, and they generally understand and accommodate requests to move into a different space away from the police. Most of the nurses and support staff though actively push against this (so many are married to cops and from cop families...) and will whitesplain to POC trauma survivors that "the police are here to keep everyone safe" and similar bullshit.

What ERs need is skilled clinicians who are demographically similar to their communities and include a number of lived-experience clinicians. They need to be skillfully and sensitively assessing every person to determine whether someone does pose a legit security issue without inappropriately profiling those don't and without turning what should be a safe place into a police state.