1. Accelerator231

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    What's the procedure for a massive car crash with zero fatalities?

    Discussion in 'Plot Development' started by Accelerator231, Jan 24, 2020.

    Setting is a city that's decaying. You know, memetic Detroit, that kind of thing.

    So there's this giant crash. Part drunk driving. Part driver error. And part poor maintenance. The crash piles up, and, well, 50 cars were involved. Already people are taking their phones out and uploading it.

    Enter our protagonist. She's a superhero esque. Basically, her mainline is healing powers. But other miscellaneous powers are in the line. Like summoning giant golems that do manual work. And a tendency to glow like the sun the more she uses her powers.

    So it's a 50 car pile up and she's here to fix it. Some already had their hearts stop. But she tries anyway. Brain death has already occurred. Some have been literally torn in half. Others have their brains splattered on the wall.

    But she attempts anyway. In the end, with literally zero casualties.

    So the question is this. Obviously something supernatural happened.

    There was a car crash, a giant light show, and over a hundred people completely uninjured in a terrible accident. And then here's more. A man with multiple sclerosis finds himself moving. A woman who lost an arm finds herself with both hands. A girl with wolfram syndrome finds herself healthy.

    So what's police and federal procedure for this miraculous event?
     
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    Why would they even have one?
     
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    they shrug and say 'well that was weird' and then move on to the next case

    the media meanwhile go nuts and start a witch hunt to find and interview the healer
     
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    I imagine if they've never seen anything like this before then the MIB's are locking up this woman for interesting experiments and national security reasons.
     
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    The cops don't do anything. Any lawsuits move to the court. The state sends investigators to collect eyewitness reports and study the crashing site. The healed undergo medical examinations. It's obvious something supernatural happened, so if this is common occurence in your world, feds will dive into their archives and try to find relating causes. If it's a first, I assume they would probably understand it's supernatural, because really you can't get any better evidence than that, video combined with eyewitness testimony and whatnot. The rest is up to you brother
     
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    I actually hope not. I think that's not a very realistic scenario, rather a misconcieved cliche. Feds can't treat her bad, because she's an online phenomenon. First off, what she's done is entirely benign, so there's no reason to contain her. Second, she can't disappear under the eye of the public. And if this is a US-like government, in this modern day and age, they wouldn't do something as cruel as experiment on her. I guess you could still have them do it, but in my opinion the market is oversaturated with this type of narrative.
     
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    Someone with that kind of power is definitely being detained by someone, on some level.... no question about it.
    You have a very wholesome opinion of the US (or any) Goverment if you think they wouldn't experiment on someone in this day and age! Cruelty goes out the window in matters of national security.
     
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    Apparently they can't detain her because she can kill or seriously eff them up. (from another thread).
     
  9. Accelerator231

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    Kinda. But... From their perspective, they don't know that yet.
     
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    Thanks for that, it's new information! A supremely powerful being that leaves the gov't and law enforcement powerless..... I guess protocol is out the window and like Moose said, it's shrugs all round. Either that or WW3 fighting over this new 'weapon'.
     
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    If they don't know it yet, then I go back to my earlier statement and this is where they learn....by trying to detain her.
     
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    Extreme cruelty? Or subtle threats?

    Ooh.... Never witnessed a media witch hunt before. What's it like?

    No, this is the first time something like this has happened.
     
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    The police will simply begin to investigate in the usual way. Forensic analysis of the crash site & vehicles involved, appeal for phone/dash cam footage, survivor interviews, root cause analysis of why/how the crash occurred. The fact there were no injuries/fatalities won’t really be an issue to them. They’re looking for whether a crime has been committed (ie who caused the accident). Bringing people back to life or curing them isn’t considered a crime. They would simply explain away any suggestion of supernatural occurrences using what they believe is a logical and/or scientific explanation.
     
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    Well first off, from a practical standpoint, they simple can't, beacuse she's gone public. Like you do, immediately people would blame the government and protest if she goes missing. Second, it's not national security. The people were healed.
    Also, I know the government can absolutely be cruel. It's just that the particular cruelty of having a living being experimented on in a brutal manner is something society has become very sensitized to. I'm sure some people would like to do it, but there also exists the law - which the government is still subject to.
    So in fact, whether the government is cruel enough or not is irrelevant. There are simply too many obstacles in this modern day for this type of scenario to occur. That's just my opinion though
     
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    Someone who could magical heal hundreds of people would be very useful for the govt since it would make their armies immortal..
     
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    1) The first one. Why should they believe this ... People tend to lie. So the police, after the testimony, will start looking for camera records to confirm the information.
    2) After receiving information from the cameras, something will be decided, depending on what is on the cameras.
    2.1)If there are no amazing healings on the cameras, they will consider that there is some kind of gas leak, or a concussion, to the blame. As a last resort, a big joke.
    2.2)If it is shown on cameras as in humans, limbs suddenly grow back. That people will be detained to clarify the circumstances. (They have the right to detain for several days.) Then along the chain the FBI and so on and so forth. They will collect an examination of cars, an examination of blood traces at the scene of an accident, a medical examination for all participants in the accident.
    3) If the incident is confirmed, but they do not find anything in people, then they will be released in two days. After which, perhaps the FBI will follow the participants in the accident. Track a maximum of a month. They will open a case for everyone at the FBI and will periodically look to see if any of the participants in the ovary will glow somewhere.
     
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    There's a lot of information stated here as though its fact... could you tell us where you got it from ?
     
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    The short answer to the question in the OP is whatever you want it to be.
     
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    There are many free courses on EDX. I listened to many different lectures there, including a lecture on forensic science and countering terrorism.It described the methods of work of the police and the FBI.

    There is also a forensic podcast, now I can’t remember what it’s called, but it is saved on my phone. I listen to him from there. He is led by a former detective and he talks about many features of the work of the police there. Specially helps writers write more compelling stories, answers questions and gives advice. If necessary, I can write a link to the podcast later.
     
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    The reason i ask is that you've got a lot of stuff wrong

    for example - the FBI deal with federal crimes, a 50 car pile up would be a police matter, and the police can't detain you for several days unless you are arrested, since being mysteriously healed isnt a crime they could(and would) not detain you at all

    likewise people who had nothing found wouldnt be held for two days... they'd be released as soon as tests were complete, and there's no time limit on how long suspects in a crime could be tracked , although certain sorts of surveilance such as phone tapping would be on a time limited warrant (those who are not suspects would not be tracked at all)
     
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    I'm from Ukraine. Our police can detain you for up to three days without charges. Just figuring out who you are.

    Regarding surveillance ... Again, from lectures on countering terrorism. There they can spy on people who have affiliation with the terrorist organizations.

    So these are my assumptions based on the data that I had from the lectures.
    It remains to arrange such an accident in order to find out what will happen in reality.
     
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    America and the Ukraine are very different places - the American police can't hold you without arrest (arrest and charge are different - once they've arrested you on suspicion they can hold you for a few days before they charge you, but you are entitled to a lawyer and if you haven't committed any offense you'll be out pretty quick)

    Regarding surveillance yes they absolutely can - more so the FBI and Homeland Security, my point there was that surveillance is not limited to one month
     
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    So FBI and homeland security....

    Would eavesdrop and spy on her later on?
     
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    Probably more like homeland security, or the DIA - especially if the govt is interested in using her powers for national security implications

    EOTD this is an inherently unrealistic plot so it doesn't matter if you just make something up - it could be a special army unit like the bad guys in wolverine, or whoever... or it could be a private military contractor... theres lots of options it just depends where you want to take it
     
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    Yes, but, well, I wish to inject a bit of realism inside.

    In other words, I'm trying to write it true to how the government would react.
     

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