Protesters, Stay Away from Hospital ERs

by Kerry Dougherty

Since Virginia’s lawmakers are determined to waste our money and their time on a special session in Richmond where they’re ramming through laws that should wait until they officially meet again in January, here’s one more to put on their list:

How about making it a felony — with mandatory prison time — to demonstrate, protest or in any way interfere with the entrance to a hospital emergency room? I’ve combed the Code of Virginia and can’t find a statute to cover this.

You might remember that back on June 28th something went down outside the Atlantis Apartments in Virginia Beach. There were conflicting accounts. All of them disturbing.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, a man was badly injured in a motorcycle accident there. When rescue workers arrived, they were hassled by some in the crowd who had gathered around the injured man. In a later Pilot story, the fire chief walked back the account a bit, saying that the crowd was merely “emotional” when someone kicked and pushed fire fighters.


The ambulance carrying the man — who died en route — headed to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and was reportedly met by unruly individuals. The ER went into lockdown from 9:24 p.m. until 1:16 a.m., according to a hospital spokesman.

A city official said later there was no evidence people followed the ambulance, but acknowledged that the hospital was locked down.

In other words, there was some sort of disturbance near the ER that night, but authorities aren’t certain it was connected to the case of the dead motorcyclist.

Who really cares?

Imagine if you or a loved one suffered a heart attack in Virginia Beach on that date. Every second counts as you’re being sped to the hospital, but once there you have to deal with morons misbehaving — for whatever reason — in the parking lot.

Deliberately causing such a delay ought to be a crime.

The Virginia Beach case isn’t an isolated incident, unfortunately. Something similar happened in Los Angeles this weekend.

Two deputies were ambushed Saturday evening as they sat in their patrol car outside the Compton Metro Rail Station.

The hairball that shot them was captured on security tape walking up to the car, pulling out a pistol and coolly shooting two officers in the head. Then he ran away. Police say he got into a car a block away and left.

One of those blasted in the head was a 31-year-old mother of a 6-year-old boy. Her partner is a 24-year-old single man.

As I write this, both officers are alive and “fighting for their lives.” And somewhere in Los Angeles, a little boy is terrified his mother will die.

It gets worse.

When the ambulances bearing the critically injured deputies arrived at the hospital, criminals — I’m not calling them demonstrators or protesters — blocked the entrance and chanted “Let them die!”

The responses to the LA County Sheriffs’ Tweet about the incident are repulsive. A surprising number want the deputies to succumb from their injuries. Social media was filled with hate for the deputies and praise for the shooter.

What the heck is wrong with people? Have we lost all of our humanity?

This attempted assassination of two law enforcement officers cannot be excused because some other police officer somewhere behaved badly. That’s not how justice works.

There is a vocal and lawless minority in this country who loathe the police. They’re dangerous. The rebellion or insurrection that’s been building all summer should have been put down in June. It wasn’t, and an assortment of freaks — like this shooter in LA – now feel emboldened.

On top of that, America’s anarchist hooligans seem to believe that blocking hospital entrances and intimidating ordinary decent people in need of emergency medical care is just another way to stick it to the man.

It’s not.

This column is republished with permission from Kerry: Unemployed & Unedited.

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25 responses to “Protesters, Stay Away from Hospital ERs

  1. Until I find something better, this will do nicely for a charge that can lead to an arrest. That behavior fits as disorderly conduct.

    Ah, but here’s the one: Obstructing medical personnel is a class 2 misdemeanor, 6 months in jail and $1000 fine. I guess it could be upgraded to a felony. But first, arrests must be made.

    Yep, we have dueling horrendous videos. Cops beating on suspects who might have passed a funny $20, or some other minor thing, and then perps targeting cops for assassination. Equal opportunity tragedy. So what do we do about it? Doing what we’ve always done is getting us nowhere.

    • FACE Act. It was designed to prevent pro-lifers from blocking access and harassing those seeking “reproductive healthcare”. Well, given that life is a recognized prerequisite for reproduction, I suppose some smart lawyer should be able to stretch it to cover hospitals in general.

      The criminal penalties for violating FACE vary according to the severity of the offense and the defendant’s prior record of similar violations. Typically, a first time offender is sentenced to at most one year in prison and fined at most $100,000. For a second violation, the violator may be imprisoned for at most three years and fined at most $250,000. These are maximum sentences; lesser penalties are permitted at the judge’s discretion.[14]

  2. “How about making it a felony — with mandatory prison time — to demonstrate, protest or in any way interfere with the entrance to a hospital emergency room?”

    In my opinion, demonstrating and protesting are basic rights. However, I think interfering with or blocking the entrance to a hospital, be it the doors to the emergency room or any other entrance, should be a Class 6 felony.

  3. Blocking the entrance to an ER is attempted murder in progress. Lethal force is justified.

  4. Years ago with an IDDM dog, I had pro lifers blocking the area because in the center next to the animal ER, they had abortion clinic. When my dog had seizures and I’m hauling him to the ER, I almost ran over folks. I was blowing the horn and cursing and gesturing, they moved. I let the front desk know and they called the cops. I told the ER that I would run them over if they didn’t move. I wasn’t the only fur parent that agreed to that. No idea what grasped folks to protest a clinic in another shopping center in front of the animal ER which happened to be busy on a Saturday afternoon.

  5. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    Frost warnings tonight for parts of West Virginia and Maryland. Cold weather can’t get here fast enough. Cold weather helps people behave better. Farmers Almanac says tough cold winter ahead. Bring it on times 2!

    • Covid indoors? And then, it’s always so itchy when the forced air comes on… it’s a dry heat.

      Can’t win, can’t break even, can’t leave the game.

      • What really drops the humidity when the forced air heat comes on is when it’s an older furnace that draws combustion air from inside the house. That combustion air goes up the flue and is replaced with cold dry outside air.

        This is not a problem with a newer furnace that draws combustion air from outside, or a heat pump.

        I have a heat pump. I actually like it better than a furnace–the discharge air temp isn’t as high so you don’t get the “hot blast effect” when it comes on.

        • And… static electricity. Let’s not forget getting zapped every time you touch anything. Wonder if it kills the covid virus?

          At the office, they replaced the ceiling diffusers with these wonderful flat things with 100s of holes instead of vanes. The air felt like it suddenly went uniformly warm. No drafts.

  6. “When the ambulances bearing the critically injured deputies arrived at the hospital, criminals — I’m not calling them demonstrators or protesters — blocked the entrance and chanted “Let them die!””

    Not quite.

    Does not appear there was any actual blockage of the ER entrance, although there was an attempt at same. The wounded officers were already inside and undergoing surgery. Was already a large police presence at the scene. The “small group” of protestors dispersed when ordered to do so by police, who made only 1 arrest of a protestor and 1 of a local radio reporter covering the commotion for the local NPR station.

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