Those box rigs do have terrible blind spots directly behind them. Cops cars have sirens for a reason. And in many states there is some measure of legal defense to the "failure to yield to an emergency vehicle" if they don't have both visible emergency lights and audible siren activated. That's why when I pulled people over with just lights and they didn't stop for a bit I always hit my siren and never wrote them for fail to yield. I knew that the charge would not stick.
I do agree that if the lights are off that it would be a different story... but the story would be more along the lines of the cop over-reacting in this situation... especially when according to the EMT that the cop insinuated or threatened deadly force.
Then, within the EMT's statement, it is quite disturbing that none of the officers would help this EMT to place the assault charges against the officer...
Especially if this EMT gets charged, I would hope to see this cop go behind bars as well and let justice be served on all ends. Having seen other situtions where cops break the law, and get a week to a month off work with pay... and worse, I've even heard of officers getting promoted for doing wrong.
Here's an excerpt from the EMT's statement.
One last very disturbing Fact. After we had arrived at Prague hospital, officer 606 told my partner, Paul Franks that he had determined in his mind to escalate to pulling out his service revolver and using deadly force. Again, this was all due to the mistaken idea that he (606) had been “flipped off.” I find it very disconcerting to know that a person of this temperament is allowed to patrol our streets while possessing the profound responsibility of having the use of deadly force at his disposal.