Mentally disturbed patient was handcuffed to stretcher
Two EMTs have filed a report claiming that four New York City police officers beat a patient handcuffed to a stretcher as the EMTs attempted to transport the patient to a nearby hospital. The police stopped only when the EMTs intervened.
According to documents obtained by the New York Daily News, the violence broke out on July 20 when the patient spit and swore at Emergency Service Unit officers at a stationhouse in Brooklyn. The patient was restrained for transport and was combative and banging his head against the wall.
“Pt. came out of the cell in cuffs. Pt. became combative with PD and (was) put on our stretcher,” wrote one EMT in the Unusual Occurrence Report filed with FDNY officials.
“Pt. was struck in the face by an officer … pt. spit in the face of an officer, whereupon the officer punched the pt. in the face multiple times.”
After the mentally disturbed patient spit at the officer again, more officers joined the fray, the report said.
“Three cops began to punch the patient in the face, EMS (had) to get in the middle of it to intervene. Pt’s wounds and injuries cleaned in the (ambulance),” the report said.
A New York Police Dept. spokesman told Reuters NYPD’s Internal Affairs unit was looking into the report.