As I was walking along the boulevard in Los Angeles, I witnessed a a young man trip and fall to the ground. As he fell, a car was turning close by, which gave the appearance that maybe the man was hit by the car. Quickly a crowd gathered and a discussion began about what happened. The man, clearly without injury, attempted to get up by himself but many in the crowd told him to just lie still. An ambulance arrived, took out their equipment and attempted to strap the man to a back-board. He didn't seem to have any symptoms just an abrasion across his nose.
“What are you doing?” the man asked as they put on a c-collar and strapped him to a back-board. “Do I really need this” he asked? “It’s protocol, we do this to everyone.” replied the
The man didn't argue with the
As I walked away, I began to think about what
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