Published in


The Police Tried to Make Me Medically Examine a Man Against His Will

It’s illegal to treat someone without consent. That doesn’t stop some of my colleagues.

A photo of a Black female doctor sitting in an examination room, arms crossed.
Photo: Thomas Barwick/Getty Images

“Just make him do it! ” A voice rang out, followed by the sound of metal grating on metal.

I leaned past my computer screen toward the triage area to see a young man in handcuffs…




A publication from Medium that centers the stories, poetry, essays and thoughts of women of color.

Recommended from Medium

Becky’s story: genetic testing for breast cancer

Too Good to be True? Seaweed-derived Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Shows Potential

Featured Story: Alternative Medicines: What does the Research Say?

Your Guide to Laser Resurfacing


The 3 minute celebrity secret to weight loss

Eat The Fat Off — Most Compelling Sales Copy You Have Seen In 2019

I caught COVID-19 and tested negative.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Michele Harper

Michele Harper

An emergency room physician for more than a decade and author of the upcoming memoir, The Beauty in Breaking. For more information visit: micheleharper.com

More from Medium

Damon Dash Sweetly Mic Dropped on the Heart of the Will Smith Slap Event

We Are Failing America’s Children, And The Results Are Tragic.

Jeremy Kyle Show: Death On Daytime

Physician, Go F*ck Thyself