Could Coffee be the Culprit in Cop Killings?

You think Caffeine is harmless? While it may be legal it is far from harmless. This legal drug is in coffee, energy drinks and chocolate, just to name a few. Cops all across America swarm into coffee shops daily for their fix.

But how many times per day are they ingesting this legal drug? A study cited by Matthew Grimson from ABC Australia states, “A new study has found that high caffeine use, combined with stress, can cause people to exhibit psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions.”

This single line suggests that police officers who consume too much coffee can have psychotic symptoms when you factor in the stress of the job with or without confrontation present.

When you get a testimony like Darren Wilsons’ from the Ferguson shooting of Michael Brown, “The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked. He comes back towards me again with his hands up.” While Mr. Brown had his hands up, the officer still saw a threatening person, the only way this is possible is if Darren Wilson suffered a psychotic episode.

There is a problem when society allows officers who carry guns everyday to consume a drug that has the potential to alter their mental faculties. Even when we have an incident where a cop arrests a person for being under the influence of caffeine, the blatant hypocrisy and irony is obvious. What kind of society are we where a cop can arrest a person for over-indulging in a legal drug while they themselves may be under the influence of the same drug.

This gives rise to the argument that coffee may not be as safe as we are lead to believe.

For those who are caffeine sensitive, just 200mg of Caffeine can induce psychotic symptoms and the intense stress of being a cop combined can lead to a full blown psychotic break. The testimonies of cops involved in unprovoked shootings would suggest they suffered a psychotic break. This is seen most obviously when a camera catches the incident and the officers account of what happened does not match. A deeper investigation would be needed to re-test the blood samples taken after the shooting. Since caffeine is legal it would be overlooked in a mass spectrometry. However, it would not be overlooked for a driver under the influence of it, but would be overlooked for a cop carrying a gun.

Sources:

http://thescholarship.ecu.edu/bitstream/handle/10342/4334/Greaves_ecu_0600M_11068.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/darren-wilson-testimony-ferguson-shooting.html?_r=0

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-06-21/high-caffeine-use-linked-to-psychotic-symptoms/2766144

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20045678