If Jason Schmidt had been arrested, in a city the size of Pittsburgh, it wouldn't get a footnote in the local paper.
If Pittsburgh police had hit Jason Schmidt with a taser, sending him to the hospital, it wouldn't get exposure beyond anti-taser blogs.
But when Jason Schmidt is hit with multiple tasers, goes into a coma, is put under 24 hour police guard in the hospital, and the Pittsburgh police prevent his parents from seeing their comatose son because of "the seriousness of the charges," that's news.
When I asked what the charges are, it's disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal trespass.
That's serious charges?
I have a suspicion. I suspect that if Jason Schmidt had been charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal trespass, but hadn't been put into a coma (perhaps) by the police, he'd have been released without bond, or if held awaiting a penny ante bond, he certainly would have been allowed parental visits even in jail.
Someone is acting guilty here, and it isn't Jason Schmidt.