Last night, a police officer in a town more than 150 miles away from me was injured in a shooting. At midnight, the police decided to send out a cell phone alert, called a “Blue Alert,” to everyone within several hundred miles of the crime. Why? Who knows?
I had just completed 13 hours of work in the Emergency Room. I was due back at work in only eight hours. (Working for two different departments leads to odd hours.) So I was deep asleep when this stupid shit woke me up. Why do over the 20 million people that live in Florida need to know about a crime that took place in a county with a population of only 22,000 people?
Amber alerts, Silver Alerts, Blue Alerts, Gray Alerts, and whatever other alerts the authorities send out are ridiculous.