EMTs Stop NYPD Officers Who Were Beating A Restrained, Mentally Ill Man

| by Jonathan Wolfe

The New York Daily News published a troubling story yesterday about the New York Police Department’s treatment of a mentally ill resident.

According to the NY Daily News, two Fire Department of the city of New York (FDNY) medical technicians responded to a call on July 20 about a mentally ill man at a Brooklyn police station. The man was handcuffed and shackled when the Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) arrived, but was cursing and banging his head on a wall. The EMTs restrained the man and put him on a stretcher.

After being restrained, the patient swore and spit at the EMTs. It was then that NYPD officers intervened and started punching the man. Officers reportedly punched the man multiple times before lifting him off of the stretcher and dropping him to the ground. When the patient spit at officers again, multiple officers jumped in and hit him.

The beating administered by the NYPD officers was bad enough that the EMTs were forced to intervene and stop it.

"Three cops began to punch the patient in the face, EMS [had] to get in the middle of it to intervene. [Patients’s] wounds and injuries cleaned in the [ambulance]," a report filed by the technicians says.

The account of events was backed up by another technician on the scene.  Both EMTs filed a claim with the FDNY reporting the aggressive officers. The NYPD told the NY Daily News that the claim is being investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau. 

Source New York Daily News

Photo Credit: John Tracy/New York Daily News