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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    From what I can tell the troopers, while in within their authority to pull the ambulance over, acted totally unprofessional. Pulling over an ambulance is one thing, but this is should never have went down like it did. Once they realized the ambulance was transporting a patient they should have simply followed the ambulance to the E.R. and worked it out there.

    Unprofessional to say the least, reckless abandonment of common sense is more like it in my opinion.

    Here is the paramedics statement, I assume to his employer. It's got a few mistakes in it but it's well written, the man seems quite intelligent.
    I can't open it, can you quote it please?

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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I'm not saying that the cops shouldn't have used common sense, but ambulance drivers are not magical beings that get to flout traffic laws whenever they want. If they wanted to do that, they should have became cops.
    Well, we aren't allowed to flout traffic laws, of course. But we are magical beings. I shouldn't have to point this out.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    I'm an EMT, and I can say that this would be the case here. (Laws vary, from region to region.) Also we avoid such problems by working very closely with the police.

    I can't use my pathetically limited bandwidth just now for the video, but does anyone know what the condition of the patient was, and what sort of treatment they were going for?
    I have no idea what the medical condition was. The lady appears to be older by the sound of her voice. The patrol car was apparently right on the ass of the ambulance with no siren activated. The driver couldn't see the patrol car due to the blind spot. The other paramedic who was in the back of the rig saw the care through the back window and told him to pull to the side and let the trooper around.

    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.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    I can't open it, can you quote it please?
    It won't let me copy or paste, it's the way the PDF is setup.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    Well, we aren't allowed to flout traffic laws, of course. But we are magical beings. I shouldn't have to point this out.
    And these guys weren't flouting traffic laws at all. The driver simply didn't see the patrol car because it was following too close, in his blind spot, with no siren activated.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    It won't let me copy or paste, it's the way the PDF is setup.
    That's why I never link to PDFs

    What key words did you use to search for it? I may be able to find an HTML version.

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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    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.

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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst View Post
    Those box rigs do have terrible blind spots directly behind them.
    Tell me about it!

    When I back our ambulance I picture things like a small child on a tricycle right behind the wheel.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    That's why I never link to PDFs

    What key words did you use to search for it? I may be able to find an HTML version.
    Oklahoma trooper pulls over ambulance.
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    Re: Cop pulls over ambulance

    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.

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