The Florida State Attorney’s Office has released a video (shown below) of a February incident in which a Brevard County paramedic appears to have flipped a male patient out of a gurney and onto a hospital floor.
Assistant State Attorney Gary Beatty told Florida Today in an email that Slater’s medical condition — which has not been disclosed— may not qualify him as a “disabled adult” which would be necessary for the felony charge.
“Because of this uncertainty, litigation of this matter would likely have prolonged disposition of the case beyond the victim's life expectancy and subjected him to stress that could have aggravated his condition,” Beatty wrote in the email. “The misdemeanor charge facilitates a quick resolution of the case that will insure Mr. Hallenbeck surrenders his paramedic license and assures he will not be able to work as a paramedic in the future.”
Hallenbeck is expected to appear in court June 22, where he will enter a plea and likely be sentenced.
Slater has said he is not happy the charge was downgraded, according to the Post. He is said to have obtained a private attorney and is seeking the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.
Photo Credit: Screen shot from YouTube