June 27, 2013 Issue


Cousin of murder victim files complaints against officers

Dear Editor:

Three federal complaints have been filed with three different federal agents against two officers with the Louisville police department and will be investigated.

On Sunday, June 16, around 12:45 a.m. I got a call from my mom stating that my cousins had been shot and that I needed to come to Jefferson County emergency room. She stated she would be where the shooting had taken place or the E.R.



I arrived in Louisville around 1 a.m., from out of town. The route that I was taking was interrupted, because the road was blocked off. I noticed about five law officers were there, everyone else was gone from the scene.

When I turned my car around to seek a new route, I noticed that I was being followed by the police. I quickly stopped and the officer’s exact words were, and I quote, “Turn the car off and throw the keys out of the window. Put your hands out of the window and slowly open the door and get out onto the ground. One wrong move will be your last.”

My exact words were, “Sir, I have on my seatbelt.” He then repeated himself telling me to get out of the car. My exact words were, “Sir, I have my seatbelt on.” He then told me to sit tight until backup arrived. Back up arrived shortly after the officer told me to sit tight.

At this time I didn’t know what to think! The officer was walking up to my car and the other officer said and I quote, “Don’t walk up to his car, put your gun on him.”

The officer pulled his gun out and began walking towards me. He then put the barrel of his gun with excessive force on my neck at the same time taking loose my seatbelt. Both officers had their guns on me at the same time. I was scared for my life. I was praying to myself, “God, please help me! God, please save me!”

The officers then grabbed my arms and swung me out of the car onto the ground while using excessive force. The officer asked me if I have or own a gun. I answered, “No, sir.”

The tall officer searched my car. I told him again I didn’t have or own a gun. While on the ground they then put me in handcuffs with the guns still on me, one stuck to my neck, feeling the pressure and the other gun pointed to my head.

The officer then called my license and tag in after the fact of all that happened. The officers then asked me was Sandra Nelson Wilburn my mom and I replied “Yes, sir.”

The officers told me they had made a big mistake and that they had the wrong person. Everything they did was excess forced, as a college graduate I have always tried to do the right things in life. The officers skinned up my knees, the excess pressure from the officer’s gun gave me excessive headaches, and I am having dreams of what happened and I can’t sleep at night. I feel what the officers did was so wrong and they violated my civil rights. I feel like this could have and should have been handled completely different and more professional.

My mom called and asked to view the tape and the mayor said the GBI had the tape and she would have to wait until the GBI got finished with it. My mom left a message for chief to call her; he never did return her call.

The officer told my mom I was well mannered, very polite and a great young man, that he was very impressed with the way I handled myself. One of the officers confirms my story to my mom and said I had told the complete truth and that they were so sorry.

I have agreed to take a polygraph test if needed. I have never been in any kind of trouble, and I don’t want this to ever happen to another innocent person. I thought law officers were here to protect not to harm!

My life would never be the same, scared and worried about myself and my cousins all at the same time. To the officers that did all this to me, I forgive you, because God says I have to, and I am a man of God. God also said not to judge that he will fight my battles for me. I pray God will deal with the officers his way even if man fails me. These are the kind of mistakes that take the life of innocent people. We can’t afford to make and accept these kinds of mistakes.

Thank you,

Damien Christopher Wilburn
Sandra Nelson Wilburn

Local hospital changes are signs of larger transition

Changes occurring in health care delivery and nursing are the result of societal, economic, technologic, scientific and political forces that have evolved throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

Among the most significant changes are shifts in population demographics, particularly the increase in the aging population and the cultural diversity of the population, changing patterns of disease, increased technology, increased consumer expectations, higher costs of health care and changes in health care financing and other health care reform efforts.

These changes have led to institutional restructuring, staff reduction and cross-training, increased outpatient care services, decreased lengths of hospital stay and increased health care in community and home settings. Such changes have dramatically influenced where nurses practice. These changes have influenced society’s view of health and illness and affected the focus of nursing health care. (Brunner and Suddarths)

As the proportion of the population reaching age 65 has increased and with the shift from acute illnesses to chronic illnesses, the traditional disease management and care focus of the health care professions has expanded.

There is increasing concern about emerging infectious diseases, trauma, obesity and bioterrorism. Thus, health care must focus more on disease prevention, health promotion and management of chronic conditions and disability than in previous times. This shift in focus coincides with a nationwide emphasis on cost control and resource management directed toward providing safe, cost-efficient and cost-effective health care services to the population as a whole (Brunner and Suddarths).

I agree totally with Jefferson Hospital’s Interim CEO Steve Widener’s statement in the June 20 article published in The News and Farmer; “With the restructuring of these jobs that’s what’s been on everyone’s minds and that’s a hard swallow to take…” Any cut, whether it’s called a “reduction in force” or a “restructuring” means the same, and that spells p-a-i-n-f-u-l for the individuals that are affected.

Yet, with the sweeping national trend that hospitals make vital changes for survival, these changes become necessary not only in Jefferson County but in many, many hospitals across the U.S.

In the June 13 publication of AARP Bulletin there is an article entitled “Merger Mania” that details many hospitals that have had to undergo the same restructuring for survival. The goals were to improve patient care, cut costs and expand services. Gary Cohlquist, a senior partner with the consulting firm Booz and Company is quoted as saying, “Hospitals that want to remain independent will have a harder time staying afloat,” and “You may have to accept a loss of a locally run institution to be sure you have an institution at all.”

It was difficult to read the article “Hospital cuts 15 positions” but it would be much more difficult to read “Jefferson Hospital closes doors.” The Pioneer Health Services is a company that is offering other changes and these changes can have the potential of “drawing a bigger circle” by opening additional services as a geriatric psych program and the addition of a community educator to recruit more business and promote the hospital’s services to doctors in other areas.

Above I refer to Brunner and Suddarth’s Textbook of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Smeltzer, Bare, Hinke, Cheever, Wolters Kluwer Health, LWW, 12th edition. The italics are mine for emphasis to compare the statistics to the current situation at Jefferson Hospital.

Respectfully submitted,

Laura P. Sasser Daniel


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