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05/28/2009 09:18 PM ID: 78931 Permalink   

Police Arrest Paramedics En Route to Hospital


Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers got into a fight with paramedics after pulling over an ambulance over for failing to yield to their vehicle all while the paramedics were trying to get to the hospital with a patient.

The patient’s son caught the incident on video. Kenyada Davis said, "We're like telling this dude. 'Man, my mom is in the back.' My step-dad was like 'man my wife is in the back, can we do this at the hospital?'"

The state troopers claim one of the paramedics assaulted them prior to the filming. The video shows officers grabbing the driver of the ambulance by his neck in a choking manner.

    WebReporter: slavefortheman Show Calling Card      
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  The video is great  
makes these cops look like real defenders of the law...

  by: slavefortheman     05/28/2009 09:25 PM     
  Go Fig  
After all it was just a car full of "Coloreds"
  by: VermiciousG     05/28/2009 10:22 PM     
  This is why  
I will never travel to The South [and I'm white].
  by: mcink2   05/28/2009 11:09 PM     
Anyone know where I can get a good gun to protect me from the police?
  by: teh_epic     05/28/2009 11:10 PM     
OK isnt really the south though. More like midwest.
  by: slavefortheman     05/28/2009 11:12 PM     
  And that's why  
I don't go to the states at all. I know it's not all like this, but an outsider can't know where these 'trouble spots' are - it makes the whole country just look bad.
  by: p_g_chris   05/28/2009 11:25 PM     
over here (australia) the officers would be charged with impeeding an ambualnce and face dismissal from the force and a ~$5000 fine. If the person suffered a preventable injury or death as a result of stopping the ambulance they would face assult and manslaughter charges... Wont they face the same style of charges in the USA?
  by: ssxxxssssss   05/29/2009 12:50 AM     
No, you see the american population have been told just how bad crime is and how they need a strong police force with special powers. This has slowly lead to a culture change with people seeing nothing wrong with it because it makes them "safe".

The other problem is the fragmentation they have in their force. Lots of little police forces that run their own operations unchecked. The argument is that a single vote once every so many years keeps them all in line. HA!

I'm just afraid that this police culture might cross the pacific with the multitude of cop shows from the US that they have on TV now.
  by: jendres     05/29/2009 01:43 AM     
How dumb can you be? Poor actions of a few and you assume that everyone down in the south is a redneck. Dumb dumb dumb thinking.
  by: cbuilding   05/29/2009 01:52 AM     
  Just want to state.  
I'm seeing a lot of ignorance, hate, and out-right lying comments on this thread. One little incident is no reason to bash the entire U.S. Police force, or somehow suggest that the population here are being controlled by an overly-powerful police force.

In one hand you'll get on here and say how in the States you can buy your way out of anything, and get slaps on the wrist for murder as a bash.

Then in the next breath: this. Yeah right.

I happen to support our police force, but would fight up against them if they became out of line.



Anyone else want to point out what country they live in? I can tear it apart too.

It happens everywhere, deal with the issues until you have a fair resolve, then move on.

  by: NicPre     05/29/2009 03:03 AM     
I know you didnt direct at me, but just to make a small point, I was not trying to say our cops are perfect at all, just that here the emergency services hold the same authority as each other and these type of actions would be the end of an officers career if not jail time. :)
  by: ssxxxssssss   05/29/2009 03:53 AM     
  Well lets see  
Who do you call when the gang wears Blue?

I used to pick up ABC Louisville Kentucky [the NEW South!] on my C band dish - you'd never catch me there.

Plus I used to date a Texan.
  by: mcink2   05/29/2009 04:28 AM     
You mis-interpreted me. I didn't say that the people that are in the Australian police forces are inherently better people, I said that the US system is flawed.

Interestingly, the cases you highlighted are relatively minor and the police officers were punished because we are more likely to have:
a) An apolitical judiciary.
b) Independent police oversight
c) Larger forces with more consistent procedures.

(Also, you realise that the last article you linked has nothing to do with Australian police, but rather a privatised prison company based upon a system copied from the US)
  by: jendres     05/29/2009 05:33 AM     
Your right in saying that you shouldnt criticise all cops because of a few bad ones but it doesnt help their image much if things like this keep cropping up in the news ....
  by: tung   05/29/2009 11:25 AM     
Yeah, good cops don't make headlines.
  by: VermiciousG     05/29/2009 02:36 PM     
Sexual abuse against children is minor? Australia is more f-ed up than I thought then.

Especially when you consider stopping an ambulance to sexually abusing a child.

One of these is more severe..

Oh I agree, no police force is perfect. But the conspiracy theorists who think they're controlling the American public must not live where I do. These are the same guys I play softball with, volunteer on DWI checkpoints with, and BS with at cookouts in the evening with friends.

As others have said, I agree with you. But this is obviously the media trying to capture an audience.

When's the last time you saw a cop saving someone's life on CNN? No, it's shoved to the 10pm 30 minute episode of Cops on G4.

  by: NicPre     05/29/2009 03:14 PM     
"As others have said, I agree with you. But this is obviously the media trying to capture an audience."

What you talkin about willis? This hasnt even made it to the mainstream news sites. They arent covering it. This was gotten from a local OK news site.

So far google only shows that 4 news sites are coving this story as of the time I post this. It doesnt seem to much of an audience. Especially since all of these are smaller news sites or blogs too.
  by: slavefortheman     05/29/2009 10:00 PM     
what is this. Police verses the people, I thought they were supposed to assist the public.
  by: captainJane     05/30/2009 01:57 AM     
  protect and serve my ass  
and @ nicpre

they deserve it. it's their house, ok, and i will continue to blast the entire police force until they take accountability for what goes on under the name of the LAW. That means that when a customer comes in to scream at me about the idiot they talked to in customer service, i can't say, "well it's not really my problem it was that jerk not me." no, I don't get that luxary, why the HELL should they? After seing my friends get ripped out of a car because they were going over 60 on the freeway in a honda and the f'n asshole cops excuse was, "well we are trying to catch all these speeeders ever since that fast and the furious movie came out..."

they pulled them over because they were doing 66 in a 65, in a honda.

F the police. Until they begin acting like OUR defenders and stop acting like pissed off highschool students who couldn't get a football scholarship I will hold my stance.

PS Ask a police officer if he nows or understands the constitution that he has been sworn to uphold. Bet he can't make it through the first two lines...
  by: mrmarler     05/30/2009 04:29 AM     
  Different Aspect...  
Without discussing the police / abuse-of-power issues...

We don't really get told what the condition of the patient in the ambulance was. The husband and son (understandably) made it out to be imperative. But, since she was "treated and released", I assume it was not a big deal. And on that point, and without excusing the police, I would hope if the paramedics were hauling a critically injured person to the hospital they would not pull over for a "traffic violation". While I'm sure a lot of people here wouldn't be, I'd be surprised if the police used a PIT maneuver or spike strips to stop an ambulance with lights and sirens going (knowing it was not stolen).

Also, why didn't the ambulance drivers just get on their radio and explain the transport to some emergency switchboard and have the cops called off, at least until they got to the hospital. Can't two different branches of the emergency services communicate somehow (without being face-to-face)? Seems like that'd be a good idea.
  by: nicohlis     05/30/2009 06:10 AM     
  @ nicohlis  
yep, get in, lock the doors, go code 3 and drive away.
  by: mcink2   05/30/2009 06:59 AM     
"Sexual abuse against children is minor? Australia is more f-ed up than I thought then."
"Especially when you consider stopping an ambulance to sexually abusing a child."

Again, read the article, it was the private company prison guards, not police!

First line of the bloody article ffs tells you this:
"The Austrailian [sic] government bowed to pressure yesterday to investigate allegations of systematic sexual abuse of children at a privately run detention centre for illegal immigrants."

Ah, now I see your position. You have friends who are cops and you work with them. Now, you don't think perhaps your position is a little biased?
  by: jendres     05/30/2009 07:11 AM     
Good cops make the headlines here. Maybe not that often on the frontpage, but we get them.

A recent example:
  by: jendres     05/30/2009 07:18 AM     
From the few things I've read, neither paramedic was actually arrested. Some sources say the police "tried to arrest" them on-scene or that the police told the paramedics to "prepare to be arrested" at the hospital. But, some sources explicitly state that no arrest was actually made.

Just a technicality regarding the title. No biggie.
  by: nicohlis     05/30/2009 07:32 AM     
Not to put to fine a point on it but "the frontpage" is where the headlines go. There is no headline on page 2.
  by: VermiciousG     05/30/2009 05:06 PM     
  messed up  
the cop needs to be charged with a felony for assault and battery, a felony for not rendering help for medical need. He is just ass backwards! Then they need to put him in a psych hospital.
  by: aprilrainslayer   05/30/2009 08:34 PM     
  actually VG

headline is just the well, headline.

Well, the policeman put his hand around the guys throat. Now can a policeman do that without at least having you under arrest?
  by: jendres     05/31/2009 02:09 AM     
I would have sworn it only appled to the feature page. Oh well. live and learn.
  by: VermiciousG     05/31/2009 06:10 AM     
  Good Cops...  
I'm sure there are good cops. To tell you the truth though, I've never met any still on the job.
  by: groovedaddy   06/02/2009 10:36 PM     
  Good Cops...  
I'm sure there are good cops. To tell you the truth though, I've never met any still on the job.
  by: groovedaddy   06/02/2009 10:36 PM     
  Too Lazy...  
... to write a summary (

No charges for everyone! Yeah!
  by: nicohlis     06/09/2009 04:39 AM     
  I wonder...  
What would have happened had that guy not video recorded these cops pulling this crap? My bet is those ambulance drivers would have really been arrested and later charged...

Now they will sweep this one under the rug and the cop that choked the ambulance driver will go unpunished. Glad they leave themselves at such a high standard...
  by: slavefortheman     06/09/2009 04:49 AM     
Had that guy not video recorded these cops pulling this crap my bet is those ambulance drivers would be dead.
  by: VermiciousG     06/09/2009 05:45 AM     
  Too Lazy Again...  

The cop got a 5-day suspension. That should settle the issue completely.
  by: nicohlis     07/23/2009 03:51 AM     
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