After Cash Hyde died at home in his father’s arms, Mike Hyde called the family’s social worker to let the professional know the 4-year-old terminally ill boy had passed.

That phone call late Wednesday night triggered a series of events that will be under review by the Missoula Police Department and one that still has Hyde and his family reeling.

Hyde believed the call would bring someone from the funeral home to pick up “Cashy,” but instead five law enforcement officers in uniform ended up at his home as more than a dozen friends and family members grieved the death of their beloved toddler.

“They shut down my whole house and treated it like a murder scene, and I asked them kindly to leave several times and come back in the morning. And they told us no,” Hyde said.

Three police officers arrived at the scene, and they indeed said no to Hyde’s request because they followed protocol, said Missoula Police Department Chief Mark Muir. The social worker called 9-1-1, he said, and that phone call dispatched officers to the scene, and police had no idea Hyde wasn’t expecting them.

“The police had an obligation to determine that this death, which occurred outside of a hospital and not under the direct care of a physician, was a legitimate medical death as opposed to an accidental death or one being caused at the hands of another,” Muir said.

The chief said he does not want to criticize the man in his grief, but he also pointed out that had hospice been involved, police would not be obligated to review the scene, which was treated not as a crime scene, but as a death scene.

On Thursday morning, after Hyde posted a scathing assessment of the evening on Facebook, Muir also contacted Hyde.

“I apologized to him this morning for the fact that we failed to meet his expectations of how this should have been handled,” Muir said.

***

Cashy was born in 2008, and at just 20 months old, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Eventually, he was diagnosed with malignant and aggressive cancer, one with a high fatality rate.

For a while, Cashy combatted the sickness and slogged through the treatments, earning him the nickname “boy of steel,” but eventually he worsened. The family spent 2 1/2 years in hospitals, Hyde said, and he promised his son he wouldn’t have to die having medical professionals stab him with needles and point flashlights in his eyes.

“We’ve lived in hospitals. I’ve had doctors in hospitals trying to unplug him. I promised him we would do this at the house this time, and he would get no more pokes and there would be no more doctors. That’s what I promised him,” Hyde said.

In July 2012, the Hydes went home knowing their son would fight his final battle there, but he would do so in peace.

On Wednesday night, Cashy’s parents, Mike and Kalli Hyde, grandparents, uncles, cousins, an aunt, neighbors and others grieved the boy’s passing in the South Hills home.

The peaceful moments after his death were soon interrupted. Shortly after Hyde called his social worker, police arrived at the door, and Hyde said he was forced to pull out his son’s medical documents and look on as the “very cocky and rude” police “dug through medical records.”

“By the time I was able to get back to Cashy to hold him, he was cold and stiff, and the coroner took him to the room and undressed him and took pictures of his little body like he was such a piece of meat, and it was the most awful, the most awful thing I have ever seen,” Hyde said, who cried as he shared the story and said the coroner described his son as “property” according to state law.

He knows the Missoula community loves Cashy, but he no longer wants his son’s body to be buried in Montana. Hyde said his family has plots in Salt Lake City, and Cashy will rest up on Mount Calvary.

***

On Thursday morning, Hyde put up a post on Facebook requesting that people call Mayor John Engen and Chief Muir about the way police treated his family. The police chief and the mayor called to apologize, Hyde said, but he said “sorry doesn’t cut it.”

Hyde understands law enforcement officers must follow protocol, but he said it wasn’t hard to understand the circumstances around Cashy’s death: “Everybody in Missoula knows our journey and our battle. We’ve been very open. It was very obvious what just happened. Our whole family was there.”

Hyde, who had registered to be a medical marijuana caregiver for his son, also believes the police showed up at his house to make a statement against marijuana. When he first registered, he said, a police detective questioned and harassed him and threatened to send armed officers to “kick down our door.”

Muir, though, said police likely had no idea Hyde was a registered caregiver when they arrived at the Hyde residence. He did know about the alleged threats against Hyde.

Muir, who apologized for not meeting the Hyde family’s expectations, said it was too early to tell whether the response met the city of Missoula’s expectations. He also said there may be a difference of opinion on whether the demeanor of the officers was “consistent with our values.”

Police spent an hour and 25 minutes at the scene, a typical timeframe, and they requested the coroner bring along a chaplain, who doesn’t go to every call, he said.

“I think the officers certainly understood that the family was undergoing a tremendous amount of stress and grief,” Muir said.

***

According to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, the coroner came to an agreement with the family so they could have more time to grieve. They agreed to leave the body of the boy at the home until morning, longer than usual, when the funeral home would pick him up.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family,” read a public message from the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office. “As coroners, we work with families in their most difficult moments in life on a daily basis, and we always do everything we can to provide compassionate assistance.

“We hope people understand that we rarely if ever have issues when working with grieving families. Many of us have young children, so we offer our heartfelt condolences.”

In a news release, the Missoula Police Department offered condolences as well, and it offered to provide “police escorts for the funeral procession.”

“The entire Missoula Police Department wishes to express its deep sorrow to the Hyde family for their loss and pray that the support of the community will be of comfort to them in their grief,” wrote Capt. Scott Hoffman in the release.

While Muir praised the unusual action by the coroner, he also said he wouldn’t condone bending protocol on the part of police because when his officers arrived, the cause and manner of death were not known. And police had a duty to verify and document the death, he said.

“I think people need to know that we feel badly that the family’s expectations were not met, but that we hope that the community support that they are seeing will sort of aid them in their healing,” Muir said. “And we do understand that the loss of a loved one is a critical and stressful time in our lives, and we certainly understand why they would have wanted more time, and we’re glad that they were able to get it once we had fulfilled our duties,” Muir said.

Reporter Keila Szpaller can be reached at @KeilaSzpaller, 523-5262, keila.szpaller@missoulian.com or on MissoulaRedTape.com.

(56) comments

Pascal
Pascal

There is something disquieting or alarming about those comments saying that police officers "were just doing their jobs". Much evil has been done not past under the idea that someone was just following orders or protocol. Furthermore, the family has "under the castle doctrine" protection from such intrusion. I don't know if the farther let them in or they just barged in but he could have refused their entry without a warrant or some justification on their part. The Constitution AND Common Sense trumps the law and protocol here. Finally,it is a sad day when we have to have a professional rather than family members to confirm a death.

Toowee
Toowee

I am not surprised at the police actions. I have found them to be usually bullies. Not just the Missoula police but law officers in general. When did they quit being concerned about the people? Or were they ever....................

old farmer
old farmer

I'ts not only Missoula where the police act stupid.The police in Billings burned a young girl in a stupid swat raid, that found no drugs. The girl was asleep in her bed when the swat team dropped a flash granade in her window. She had to go to a burn center. There excuse was they had bad information. In Lake county the sheriff's department resembles the Keystone Cops at times. The attitude of some wearing the badge seems to be, Civilians are to be treated as cattle. It wasn't always like that. Why is it that five or six cars are needed for every incident?

Cato
Cato

SWAT Teams and Tazer incidents are becoming epidemic. This "we got the wrong house" isn't an excuse, but it seems to be a weekly occurrence across the nation; an epidemic of official crime where people's houses are invaded, family dogs are shot, people are killed and then "gee, we made a mistake."

No you didn't. The idea that you need to battle drugs by invading homes at night with hordes of heavily armed men is intentional. You set yourself up for false reports by your "drug informants" who give you the wrong address to make you not just look stupid, but to illuminate what happens when "authorities" no longer respect people and are hyped up to "do it like they do on TV."

However, that didn't happen here. The police did what they should do when children die at home because too many children die at home from violence, not cancer, and nobody can say for sure which it is UNTIL THEY INVESTIGATE. That's their job; that's their duty.

Phil_Walker
Phil_Walker

My post may be a little confusing. I'm wondering how a citizen would get a social worker assigned to them. This is foreign to me.

Phil_Walker
Phil_Walker

My condelences to the family. I do have a question though. Under what circumstances would a family call "their" social worker? I don't have a social worker? I'm in need of some guidance here. Thank you.

fastback7
fastback7

I came upon your question when reading the back story about Michael Hyde. Although there are many different types of social workers and an equal number of ways that a person may come into contact with them, it is most likely that they received service from a hospital social worker that followed their son's case after discharge.

live and let live
live and let live

Mark Meir operates his department with a total lack of respect for the people who live here. To him you are just a criminal who hasn't been caught yet. The way public officials learn to respect the citizens is by getting fired and sent back to California.

jagdwolf
jagdwolf

May the wings of angels guide your son on his journey and may the grace of the spirit comfort your family in this time of loss.

If the law agents had any honor they would resign.

radicalmofo
radicalmofo

My thoughts and prayers are with the Hyde family. It deeply saddens me to know of the loss of such a tough little boy. I think the missoula community needs to ask for the firing of both the social worker and the officers involved. This was a disgusting display by our public service workers. this should've been a peaceful moment for the family and cashy, not a gross debauchery by missoula public servants. These "public servants" need to be publicly disgraced. Has the Hyde family not been through enough? The simple fact that there was even a social worker in their life and the police in their business is a disgrace to humanity.
Muir,
An apology? REally? You have an opportunity to do the right thing here.... don't mess it up...... FIRE THESE OFFICERS AND KICK THEM OUT OF OUR COMMUNITY. THEY OBVIOUSLY HAVE FORGOTTEN THIER DUTY TO THE PUBLIC. IF NOT, YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF.
ENGEN,
THE SAME GOES FOR YOU OR I'M SURE YOUR POLITICAL CAREER IS OVER.

TIGER,
YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE A VERY LOW IQ. THANKS FOR WASTING EVERY ONE'S TIME WITH YOUR COMMENT!

MISSOULA,
PLEASE STAND BYE THIS TORTURED FAMILY AND ASK ENGEN AND MUIR TO FIRE ALL PUBLIC SERVICE WORKERS THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THIS DISGUSTING DISPLAY. IF THEY REFUSE, THEN LET US ASK FOR THEIR RESIGNATION. LET US STAND AND SHOW THE TRUE COMPASSION OF THIS COMMUNITY.

hellgatenights
hellgatenights

No........just fire the CHIEF......he OWNS this mess. ENGEN Stays because Missoula deserves what they VOTED for.

bunnyolesen
bunnyolesen

Why didn't the social worker TELL the police about the cause of death. I would be very interested to know what was actually said and why she called 911, instead of some other police services number. I assume the social worker is half way literate and partially competent at least enough to know who she is supposed to call in those situations? Frankly I don't even know why a social worker is involved.

Secondly, this: I apologized to him this morning for the fact that we failed to meet his expectations of how this should have been handled,” Muir said.

THAT IS NOT AN APOLOGY. 'I apologized .... that we failed to MEET HIS EXPECTATIONS' not for the crappy way we handled the situation, pawing through medical records, looking at people with suspicion and derision, disallowing the parents from holding their son until rigor mortis had set in and all warmth was gone.

I don't care what they say, what excuses they make, we didn't know (which makes NO sense at all - didn't the dispatch ASK what the situation was at the house? Or did somebody just call and say DEAD KID! OMG send 5 squad cars. Which is ALSO an over-exaggerated response) All they needed was a car, the coroner, and the medical records. There was a house full of people, anyone with a pea sized brain could have quickly looked at the entire picture and understood immediately what the situation was.

Also, maybe they need to set up designated officers who are trained to deal with grief situations instead of sending the Keystone Jerks. I lost my son 6 years ago, and it was NOT a situation where it was known by social services and a dying child. My son died from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head at my exhusbands house. I can tell you I will be grateful until my own death at how wonderfully I was treated by the partner duo who 'attended' to me/questioned me/kept me from running upstairs/called my family. If there had been ANY aggression or weird angry suspicious looks from the cops I would have LOST it, and I mean I already was falling apart, but there is a good chance my shock and grief would have turned ragefull and physically aggressive if I had been treated in a different way. That is human nature besides. THE ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE HANDLING THE SITUATION IS IMPORTANT. People undergoing grief or shock can escalate into violence, and thats not a put down, that is simply human nature.

mo_thertweety52
mo_thertweety52

To the Hyde I am so very sorry for your loss, your litte man is and was a strong boy, my great nephew has a tumor that has wrapped around the piturary gland in the brain. He is in the hospital at Seattle childrens hospital. It pains me too see little ones have to suffer :-( . As for the Missoula Police Dept!!! SHAME ON YOU! how dare you go into a home and go all gangster on this poor family.

Hakon Montag
Hakon Montag

The police, from any locale, are not equipped, mentally, emotionally, or morally to handle any situation with any terminal illness. Upon being told the boy was terminally ill they should immediately have given condolences AND LEFT THE HOME.

WHO TRAINED THESE MORONS???

SHAME on the SOCIAL WORKER for calling 911. That person above all, should have known the situation. That person after being STUPID enough to call 911 should have at the VERY LEAST informed the dispatcher of the situation.

Dispatch the CORONER NOT THE POLICE.

What a bunch of MORONS from top to bottom.

My sincerest sympathy for the family of The Boy of Steel.

RIP Cashy.

Dreamer45
Dreamer45

I agree!!!!!!!

glacierdude
glacierdude

All the anger and nasty comments lose their steam in the loss of this wonderful little boy. My heart breaks. Please be comforted. God bless you all.

GoLadyGriz
GoLadyGriz

Whatever happened to basic common sense and basic human decency? Peredur asks all the right questions; I hope the Missoulian follows up on them. Love and peace to the family.

MT_Mama
MT_Mama

My condolences to the family for their sad and tragic loss. But some of the commenters here need to understand the meaning of unattended death and why it needs to be investigated. I most certainly do NOT think there was a single thing criminal about Cash's death, but the police or the coroner cannot know that ahead of time; that's why they have to investigate.

It would turn your stomach to know of some of the unattended deaths over the years that families have tried to pass off as natural or accidents when they were actually murder. Again, I absolutely do not even remotely think that was the case here, but know why the authorities followed the protocol.

BobbyB
BobbyB

This seems to be another case of allowing policy to trump common sense.
Custom, policy, and protocol are merely excuses for the government, companies, and the constabulary to treat people as less than human, thereby rendering the individual as little more than another problem that needs to be dealt with. This slight of hand allows the alleged authority, who happens to hold the upper hand, to objectify, and thus dehumanize the individual and justifies herding them like cattle, treating them as mutants, and ignoring their humane rights.

Once the process is started it very seldom ever is reversed, but tends to become more and more controlling thus allowing the perpetrators to act even more ruthless. In the end, the results are that courtesy, respect, and humane dignity become sacrificed to what is easiest and best serves the self interests of the entities which promote them as an excuse for tyrannical behavior.

idiocracy
idiocracy

Making good use of that thesaurus BobbyB. Too bad the content of your comment is garbage. Do you truly believe that those 3 police officers, coroner and chaplain went to the Hyde residence to create havoc, to ignore their "humane" rights? They were there because it is their job!!! As mentioned earlier, all unattended deaths in the City of Missoula must be investigated to rule out foul play. Sad as it may be this policy is necessary, even if the deceased was terminally ill. BobbyB it's time to put down the bong and walk away because your paranoid anti-establishment rant smacks of mental illness. Good luck with that.

bunnyolesen
bunnyolesen

You're rude and there is nothing paranoid about what BobbyB said. Also, not everyone has to use a thesaurus to write, so don't transfer your own literacy problems onto others.
YES they have to rule out foul play, NO they did not have to send 5 squad cars and treat the family like suspects. The house was full of people who were there because the child was at his end, everybody knew what was going on. Much of the parents complaint was about the attitude of the officers, and regardless of 'policy' common sense should come into play.
3 police officers? They said there were 5 squad cars. Intent and action are 2 different things, and I really don't understand why they weren't apprised of the situation by the social services person or dispatch before they just blared in there in what was an apparently insensitive manner. Have you ever lost a child? The part of the story where the parents were not allowed to hold their child and grieve until he was cold and stiff outraged and disgusted me, as well as the handling of their sons body.
I lost my son 6 years ago, and frankly, you are an insensitive jerk whom I hope and pray does not have a job that would require any amount of empathy or courtesy to the general public. Your aggressive posturing smacks of arrogance and sociopathic tendencies. Good luck with that.

idiocracy
idiocracy

Hey bunny, thanks for stopping by. Looks like I struck a nerve. First off, I'm sorry about your son. That is a tragedy that I would not wish upon anyone. That being said, I have to ask if you were there at the Hyde residence when this unfortunate event took place? What's that? No? Okay, if you weren't there how do you know what was said or done? How do you know how many "squad cars" were there? Because someone in a different post who also wasn't there said so? Here is a fact for you: there were 3 police officers, a coroner and a chaplain. FACT. Five people total responded. Now that we have that (ridiculous) issue sorted out let's address the the claim made by Mr. Hyde that the responding officers were unprofessional. This is an opinion, not a fact. Mr. Hyde was upset, understandably. He was reeling with grief and heartbreak and unfortunately not prepared for what happens when someone dies unattended. Mr. Hyde felt that the officers were "unprofessional" because they did not go away when he refused to let them in the house. In his mind they were "unprofessional" because they did their job, and at the time he did not understand or care that what they were doing was protocol. Has anyone asked Mr. Hyde how much time was wasted while he was arguing with and verbally abusing the responders? No? Well someone should ask because the answer would be an eye opener for many people in this community who so quickly jumped on the "Down with the MPD" bandwagon. If Mr. Hyde had cooperated with the responders to begin with, the investigation would have been over in a matter of minutes. Don't get me wrong, I don't find fault with Mr. Hyde. His reaction was primal and protective, very real and genuine. I do think he has a responsibility to this community to better explain what he felt was unprofessional, rather than throwing the vague opinion out there and then letting everyone create their own reality of what happened.

BTW bunny, I am a nurse. I have shed more tears, comforted more families and helped more people through the process of dying than you will ever know. As a result I understand that death isn't just a sad and devastating event, it's a process. Anyone who goes through this process benefits by having a professional involved to help them better understand what is happening and what to expect down the road.

I responded to BobbyB's comment because I felt that what he said had very little to do with the issue at hand. He wanted an outlet to share his paranoid (my opinion) outlook on bureaucracy, and he used this event as his platform. Perhaps I could have been less condescending, but what's the fun in that.

Take care and have a fabulous day!

RileyLemm
RileyLemm

http://themindolemm.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/my-thoughts-on-cash-hyde-and-the-missoula-police-department/
My thoughts on the mess

CrowCaw
CrowCaw

Hyde Family, may all that is love and peace cradle your family now and forevermore. The details of what was said on the phone call, or who made the phone call is irrelevent. Once the M.P.D arrived at the Hyde's homestead...Empathy, compassion, and humility should have shown up as well. Those actions cost nothing, and can bring the hearts of those hurting a comfort that priceless.

sam
sam

Unfortunately, it is too easy to turn pain and sadness to anger.

The following was posted on the Cash Hyde Foundation Facebook page yesterday.
"Thanks to everyone during this fragile time for my family! Cashy's soldiers kicked up an ant hill today at the Mayors office and I appreciate that from the bottom of my heart! The Mayor and the chief of police have both called and appologized for the MPD and Coroners office actions last night also they have promised to give Cashy a first class funeral percesion. I would like everyone to transfer their energy to Cashy now, stay positive and Believe in One Love"

I encourage everyone to read and re-read the last sentence of the statement above.

For those of you that are still on another one of your "f**k the police" rampages; put yourself in their position. They willingly put on a uniform each and every day to protect and serve each and every person in this community, including those of you who continuously only have negative things to say about them. I would like to thank the Missoula Police for everything you do for this community. Please know that you and your efforts are appreciated.

I hope that everyone in our community can come together and support Cash's family.

Rest in Peace, sweet boy. Your story has touched the lives of many.

mslanativejojo
mslanativejojo

I am completely taken back by any an all rude comments towards the Hyde family and those blaming the father for being emotionally distraught. Shame on all of you. When you lose a loved one and the cops come dancing into your moment of mourning, I hope you will remember those ill conceived words you managed to regurgitate on this commenting section...what goes around comes around. Allow this time for mourning and grieving. Blast your nasty comments about the father and his handling of the situation to yourself. Grow up.
To the Hyde family: Cash is dancing and singing above for you. He is no longer in pain. He awaits to meet all of you again someday.

canucking
canucking

This is just a bad situation all the way around.

DonaldM
DonaldM

What a horrible situation which should have been unavoidable.

For me, there are unasked/unanswered questions re the Social Worker:

Why was a Social Worker assigned to this family? A major activity of Social Workers is Case Management. A Case Manager would have brought Hospice into this situation at the time the family decided to allow the child to die at home; or make another acceptable arrangement.

When notified by the family, why did the Social Worker call 911? That action sets off a series of activities(per protocol) which seem to not have been appropriate in this situation. It should have been previously arranged whereby the Social Worker or family could call the Coroner directly.

A system failure; Case Management failure; or reporting failure? The story is incomplete.

Peredur
Peredur

Whoa - some questions arise: Didn't the social worker TELL the 911 dispatcher the boy had died of cancer in the presence of his family? Didn't the dispatcher pass along that little tidbit of information to the police? Why did the social worker call the emergency response number in the first place - the "emergency" had passed with the boy's last breath. Why did it take 5 cops to deal with the situation? Why was the coroner so callous as to drag the boy's body off and start treating him like so much processed meat? ALL the "professionals" here behaved like idiots and they ALL need to apologize to the family. After "death" the brain takes a while to shut down and those first minutes are very important as the spirit tries to disentangle itself from the body - sounds and words still register and some comfort is still derived from the close presence of loving people. That little window was invaded by all those uninvited guests...Protocol needs to be radically changed to encompass humane respect for the recently departed and their survivors. Unbelievable!

Reading
Reading

First, how did the social worker relay the 911 call? Was there any explanation that this was NOT a crime scene? That they are only being sent to follow protocol? Second I believe the father about the police being rude. Often the younger police are too gung-ho and that clouds their judgment on sensitive situations. When I had to deal with my fathers death the Missoula the police were very kind. However I dealt with the older more experienced officers. I feel so sorry for this family, after the police realized this was not your typical crime scene, they needed to calm down and figure out what was going on. It's ok to follow protocol, but then they needed to use common sense.

Reed
Reed

Let me see... the cops were "cocky and rude," and your only son had just died in your arms? Sounds typical of the Missoula PD and their overall cocky and rude behavior. They have absolutely no manners or decency whatsoever. They probably ran his license and other info as well.

Missoula PD is corrupt and it is part of the cancer destroying this town.

partychief
partychief

Looks to me like an excuse on the msla police. Typical around here how the police get away with this type of abuse of power. I don't feel save any longer here.The police lied in this situation and have lied about medical marijuana. It has detoured crime not created it..Fact check it.One thing for sure it starting to show where the corruption is in the community. This young man had to suffer because of this very unconstitutional law that has been put into place. And many others are still suffering because of it. Cash is a hero in my book.He died a soldier in this war against medical marijuana. He will missed greatly.My condolences go out to the Hyde family.

Tiger
Tiger

Let me get this straight "He died a soldier in this war against medical marijuana." That is about as misguided a statement as I have ever heard. He was neither a soldier nor an advocate for medical marijuana. Marijuana wasn't going to "cure" this boy and smoking it wasn't going to ease his pain. Leave your Marijuana fight for another topic, don't try to bolster it with the death of an innocent child.

Hakon Montag
Hakon Montag

If I recall Cash was on the MMJ list of users. It would have eased his pain, and if he had CHEMO it would have eased his nausea.

BTW - HEROINE is the specific cure for the pain from cancer. Ask a nurse, doctor or pharmacist. Cash had cancer as well as having a tumor, which iself is a form of cancer.

You know nothing about it.

wabbm
wabbm

Tiger, you don't know what you're talking about. I'm not sure I'd go so far as to call a child a "soldier," but he most certainly was a medical marijuana patient. Look into it. If Cash hadn't been treated in this way, he almost certainly would've passed away, miserable, in a hospital bed. Because of his parents' willingness to treat him in this "controversial" way, he was able to pass on in his home - surrounded by the people he loved most.

An aside: he did not smoke it, small amounts of oil were administered through his feeding tube. Smoking leads to carcinogen inhalation, and is therefore not the ideal method of medical intake. There is not strong evidence supporting marijuana as a "cure" for cancer, but it sure as hell makes a patient going through chemo/radiation therapy a lot more comfortable. It SAVES LIVES by giving patients the ability to eat and to feel a little less pain. Please, for the good of everyone, learn the facts about the benefits of this plant. Spreading the lies you've been fed only hinders the ability of patients to get this real medicine they need to survive.

To the Hyde family: my condolences. You did everything that could be done to help this little man, and he is finally at peace. Sending my love and support during this difficult time.

Mojoh
Mojoh

Just to correct a couple of points wabbm. Cannabis is not carcinogenic, that was proven in the Tashkin UCLA study a few years ago. He went to prove it was and had to do 180 in his findings. Even heavy smoked use for years gives a small protective defense AGAINST LUNG CANCER . Look it up. There are reams of scientific studies showing all the actual ANTI-CARCENOGENIC of Thc and especially the CBD components in Cannabis. Lab science shows this.

The Blue Shirts especially the arrogant, condescending "Chief" ( " 'Sorry ' if the conduct did not meet MR. Hyde's expectations") I'm "sorry", but you sir, are a total jerk.

bunnyolesen
bunnyolesen

What are you talking about 'it wasn't going to ease his pain', YES it DOES EASE PAIN and without the horrible side effects of most NARCOTICS - and just because something won't 'cure' the terminally ill does not mean it should not be available- marijuana is PROVEN to ease pain, anxiety, depression, and nausea in people with cancer, AS WELL AS increasing the appetite of people who have lost all appetite due to chemotherapy. My husband almost died from malnutrition and dehydration during his cancer treatment and the $750 bottle of nausea medicine of 30 pills (1 to 2 every 3 to 4 hours, lasts 3 to 4 days) was Marinol, which is made from a synthetic form of THC, and he still threw up constantly. My understanding is that plain marijuana works better. Our pharmaceutical costs were up to $50,000 dollars a month at one point, with approximately $7,000 of it for the nausea medication.

Marijuana MOST DEFINITELY eases many symptoms of suffering people, you obviously don't have a SINGLE CLUE what you are talking about.
Although I agree the 'soldier' bit was stupid, there is a war against medical Marijuana and the reasons are obvious. If it was legal and cheap Big Pharma can't make billions off of it. Marijuana has lately been shown to slow and/or stop the progression of MS and more medicinal purposes are discovered all the time, so I imagine the war against cheaply available marijuana for medicinal purposes is going to get even more harsh than the arrest of terminally ill people in California that has already occurred.

The child's FATHER is the one who made the statements against harassment by the police department related to the use of medicinal marijuana. Young dying children are not usually 'advocates' of anything other than having as little pain and as much comfort as possible. His parents are advocates, therefore the child is an advocate by proxy, and they are all victims of the 'war against medical marijuana'.

HighlandPiper
HighlandPiper

The points of failure here were the family and the Social Worker, not the police. Why did the father call Social Services instead of the coroner? Why did the Social Worker not drive to the house to see what was going on instead of calling 911? Did the Social Worker have absolutely no idea about the family or their situation? If so, then again why did the father call them? What did the Social Worker say in that 911 call that evoked that level of response from the police (5 uniforms)?

Do not point any fingers of blame at the police department. The fault, if there is one, lies with the father and Social Services not the police officers. The family obviously had plenty of time to prepare for the death of the child. A few calls ahead of time would have saved everyone a lot of stress.

Hakon Montag
Hakon Montag

Making excuses for the police not using an ounce of COMMON SENSE.

bunnyolesen
bunnyolesen

shut up and don't you blame the father. Since social services was involved, obviously he did what he was instructed to do. I have no idea what SS said to the cops, or why she would be so stupid to call 911, but on the other side the dispatch should have asked questions as well.
You can have all the time in the world, you are NEVER prepared for the death of your child you unsympathetic jerk. The police should have been able to ascertain the actual situation very quickly upon arrival as well. Their attitude went a long way in making this a bad event.

montanamuralist
montanamuralist

First I want to say how sorry I am to the Hyde family for your loss. I experienced the loss of my wife last year at home with Hospice in the picture ( something I will always regret...they were terrible ) but was spared the police visit after her death because of having Hospice here. But I know the feelings you were going through and can not imagine the pain and grief and then to suddenly have police officers come to your house ....family came here, she laid for an hour and a half and all said goodbye and wished her off and then she was taken to the funeral home...god what if the police had been here??? Would have totally ruined the time we had together after her pasing and I am sure you must feel totally raped by the behavior of the police...especially in light that your child had been sick for so many years prior to his death. Really a disgrace and the police should not be sitting on the pages of this rag newspaper making excuses. Very very bad and they need to fix this....only good thing about Hospice is that you avoid this stuff...the bad thing is you can't avoid Hospice and their tactics so don't blame you for not having Hospice. On the other hand you should not have to involve Hospice to avoid this stuff...the city police are to preoccupied with people shoveling their walks to think clearly about these situations....what a disgrace...

JustUs4All
JustUs4All

Someone needs to listen to 911 call -- they knew that who was living there and that the possibility that "drugs" were there.

wabbm
wabbm

Where can one access that call? I'm really curious, now. I think hearing the information provided to the police would answer this "who is to blame" question.

Got concrete
Got concrete

Rest easy Cash. May the Peace of our Lord be with the Hyde family this Holiday season. This Thanksgiving Cash will be among the Angels.

sep924
sep924

Last year, my neighbor died alone in her home. Several police officers and the coroner arrived on the scene and were very comforting and professional toward the grieving neighbors and friends who gathered outside. One officer even caught one of the neighbor's cats and allowed two of us inside to catch the others. I'm so sorry for the Hyde family and all they've endured during Cashy's illness. The police very likely were not made aware of Cashy's circumstances before their arrival, as they should have been. But I agree with Tiger that the family's grief likely clouded their perception of the officers' actions.

PelosiGalore
PelosiGalore

How about the police chief announce a policy where teminally ill patients families' can pre-notify the police department and Do Not Rescucitate orders and other relevent info can be noted for the address in the 911 dispatch sytem. This problem needs to be solved, so no other family has to go through this again. The solution is simple. Get on it.

GaryTinkSanders
GaryTinkSanders

To the Hyde family, I and my family offer our condolences for your loss, I can empathize with you, my oldest son was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 7 that turned out to be benign, we were fortunate that he survived. My family and I will have you and your family in our prayers, if there is anything we can do please let us know, sandersoh6@yahoo.com

Abonides
Abonides

So sad, rest in peace Cash. I can't even imagine how horrible it was for the family to have a bunch of jack-booted thugs crash such a somber gathering of people in mourning. Missoula cops are out of control. I hope the Hydes stay strong.

DoItRight
DoItRight

Get a grip. Sounds like you've had more than one run-in with the police.

Vilifying an entire profession for doing what they are legally supposed to do will accomplish nothing. Try to make something good out of this situation by taking part in a revision of the policy instead of using the big paint brush.

Hakon Montag
Hakon Montag

Revise the POLICY...uh huh...like make the POLICY INCLUDE COMMON SENSE...

When people are reduced to simply FOLLOWING POLICY OR ORDERS there is no longer any COMMON SENSE.

Jacko22
Jacko22

Very sad story. If this had been Lake County the cops would have probably beaten the father and arrested him.

Tiger
Tiger

Tragic situation for this family and young boy. Obvious emotional response by the father, but the police were just doing their job. Frankly, they went above and beyond by letting the boy's body remain at the house awaiting transfer to the funeral home. Hopefully, the father will someday realize that his use of facebook to vent his misguided anger was the wrong way to handle this situation, and not indicative of the kindness that his young boy carried. Police were just an easy target for the pain of a father and family losing a young innocent child to cancer. Family could have prepared better with Hospice or advising the police of their sons plight before his death, but my guess is that is the last thing on their mind and constant hope for a miracle recovery was their focus and wish. I would hope that when the emotion is reduced the father will realize his errant emotional response and apologize for his behavior.

detonate
detonate

The police didn't know the son's plight...? I assume they are literate and read the paper once in a while...Obviously the shift commander that night is a "dolt".

Bob Marshall
Bob Marshall


Riiiight, Tiger...how long have you worked in the Missoula PD? ...because that's the only thing that could explain a comment this ignorant and insulting.

Hakon Montag
Hakon Montag

Don't make excuses for morons.

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