Pulling Over An Ambulance…
…that is transporting a patient to the hospital. The Oklahoma State Troopers are doing all they can to improve their public image and failing.
White says he saw the trooper approaching from behind at a high rate of speed with lights activated, but he did not hear a siren. He says Franks had a car in front of him that his attention was focused on and hadn’t seen the trooper before he was within a few feet of the ambulance.
“I called out to my partner and told him to pull to the side because there was a State Trooper behind us,” White says.
White says as the trooper passed them, he made radio contact, telling Franks “you should consider checking your rearview mirrors”.
White says a few blocks after this incident, another trooper entered the road at a high rate of speed, cutting in front of a car driven by a family member of the patient. White says he then saw another trooper approaching from the rear.
“As my partner was pulling onto the shoulder, the cruiser came alongside our unit and gestured for my driver to pull over,” White says. “When the officer came to a complete stop behind the ambulance, I noticed a woman in the front seat. Based on the officer’s erratic driving behavior, I thought that the woman in the front seat of the cruiser was in need of immediate medical attention; hence I exited the rear of the ambulance in order to assess the situation.”
White says the officer was in a rage when he approached them and yelled “get your a– back here! I am giving you a ticket for failure to yield.” White says he told the trooper they had a patient in the ambulance and that they were on their way to the hospital.
“He ignored my statement, became even more belligerent, and demanded my partner come to his patrol car so he could write him a ticket,” White says. “I calmly told the officer that we were transporting a patient and we could continue this at the hospital.”
White says the trooper then approached him and shouted “you are under arrest for obstructing a police officer” and grabbed his arm to handcuff him. A brief struggle followed, at which point the trooper grabbed White by the throat. The cell phone captured this incident on video.
White says the trooper later told him they could continue on to the hospital, but that he would be under arrest once they got there. White was never arrested, but says troopers told him he should be prepared to turn himself in if a warrant was issued.
Simply astonishing you might think…well not really. Radley Balko also has another incident where a police officer pulled over a man on his way to the hospital as his mother was dying. Then there is this story of police holding up a doctor on his way to the hospital.
A local obstetrician says he was trying to get to the hospital to deliver a baby, and instead ended up being held at gunpoint by a Metro Police Officer in a parking lot at UMC.
The officer stepped out of his car and told me to stop and freeze. I explained, ‘Officer, I am sorry. I don’t want to be rude. I am a physician, there is an emergency, and I have to go.'”
Dr. Ziworitin says what happened next was shocking, “The officer proceeded to pull out his gun, point it at my face, and told me to lay face down on the ground, which I did. At this point, my ID card dropped on the floor and I remember him stepping on me, probably putting his knee on my back, and then cuffed me.”
Still cuffed, Dr. Ziworitin says he was put up against the police car as the officer called UMC to verify his employment, “Immediately after that call he proceeded to uncuff me and I ran upstairs to go take care of the emergency.”
So, not that astonishing at all.
Another Incident: This one doesn’t involve anyone in the medical communit, at least not directly. However the officer who slammed a man who was wrongly suspected of assault into a wall putting the supposed suspect into a comma has been found not guilty of committing any crime.
The actions of a sheriff’s deputy who slammed a man into a wall after he had been mistakenly tied to an assault do not appear to be criminal, the King County Sheriff’s Office announced this afternoon. A lawyer for the man’s family immediately questioned the finding.
The man, Christopher Harris, 29, who is in critical condition, suffered life-threatening injuries after he was knocked into the outside wall of a Belltown theater on May 10.
Urquhart said the first deputy gave Harris a “hard push.”
Sim Osborn, an attorney hired by Harris’ family, disputed Urquhart’s characterization of the deputy’s takedown of the Edmonds man.
“It was a bone-crushing hit,” Osborn said. He likened it to a linebacker hitting somebody and said it was “horribly brutal” at best and potentially a criminal assault.
Harris hit his head against a turquoise-colored tile wall on the east side of the Cinerama Theater at Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street. He has not regained consciousness since the incident, according to his family.
In another incident a King County Deputy was caught on video beating a 15 year old girl while in custody. Deputy Schene was investigated before for shooting two people, one of whom he killed. But lets not put him on trial; put him back on the streets.