Sunday, July 20, 2014

'Modified duty' for medics after fatal NYC arrest

My guess is that these emergency medical workers cooperated a bit too much with the police officers who were involved in the incident. I imagine they were under a great deal of pressure to do so.

'Modified duty' for medics after fatal NYC arrest
Associated Press
July 20, 2014

EricGarner, 43, died Thursday, during an arrest in Staten Island, when a plain-clothes police officer placed him in what appeared be a chokehold while several others brought him to the ground and struggled to place him in handcuffs.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City says four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls.

The fire department said Sunday two EMTs and two paramedics were placed on "modified duty" pending an investigation into Eric Garner's death.

The 43-year-old died Thursday on Staten Island after a police officer placed him in an apparent chokehold while arresting him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

The fire department says the emergency workers are employed by the hospital where Garner was pronounced dead. The hospital did not respond to requests for comment.

Two officers involved in the arrest have been assigned to desk duty pending the outcome of an investigation. One of them was stripped of his gun and badge.

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