The Rochester police department has a history of controversies. Throughout the years, their cops have been documented murdering individuals wearing hoods, pepper spraying toddlers, beating individuals to death, and torturing young children. Now they can add harassing and kidnapping an EMT to their extensive list of undesirable actions.
A Rochester police officer has been placed on desk duty and is now under investigation after he was seen on camera punching and then arresting an EMT during a medical emergency. What was the officer's rationale for the action? While offloading the patient, the EMT inadvertently dinged his vehicle's door.
The cop had parked his vehicle in the emergency unloading area of the hospital, which is only approved for ambulances, for unknown reasons. When the ambulance arrived to offload the patient, the officer elected not to move his vehicle, leaving it in the path of the EMTs.
As the paramedic discharged the patient, the ambulance door accidentally struck the police car. The officer's insanity prevented him from seeing that he had contributed to an accident by blocking the emergency exit.
Officer attempted to detain the EMT before she could even unload her patient. This cop started impeding her progress, jeopardising the patient's life since the ambulance door dinged his vehicle.
After transporting the patient inside, the EMT decided to cooperate with the police officer. However, the cop seemed unconcerned about the patient's life and requested the EMT's identification.
The EMT persisted in carrying the patient inside the hospital before presenting her identification, which enraged the officer, who followed her inside and assaulted her.
As the police sought her identification, the EMT went to the check-in counter to assist her patient. As she checked in the patient, the officer attacked her by taking her arm and twisting it behind her back, then smashing her against the counter, handcuffing her violently, and carrying her outside.
The police then arrested the EMT before transporting her to prison.
The Rochester police department informed News 10 that the officer has been put on administrative leave and that "under the request of Chief Smith, the professional standards unit is initiating an internal investigation."
Following the broadcast of the video, the EMT was inundated with praise and support, and the ambulance service issued the following statement over the weekend.
"The leadership and staff of Monroe Ambulance appreciate the outpouring of social media support for our highly valued employee who was placed in an uncomfortable circumstance. We firmly endorse her patient care focus and are grateful for your willingness to openly support her patient advocacy.
We would ask that you refrain from making disparaging remarks about RPD as an organisation. This event was committed by a single man and is being investigated by his company; regardless of perspective, everyone is entitled to due process. We have faith that the situation will be handled professionally and responsibly.
In addition to commending our medic for concentrating on her patient despite the chaos, we would also want to publically recognise the Gates Ambulance EMT who assisted her after her colleague was detained in order to guarantee that our patient was handled professionally and responsibly.
We will publicly recognise her excellent reaction to a patient and fellow clinician in need, regardless of the patch on her arm, pending approval by the Gates EMT. Thank you very much for your professionalism despite the turmoil."