Trooper, Paramedic Fight Caught on Tape

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MacGeek7, May 28, 2009.

  1. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    I don't know how many of you have seen this, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol pulled over an ambulance that was taking a women to the hospital. The reason? Because the ambulance failed to yield to the OHP as they responded to a call. The police then pull over the ambulance and arrest and assault an EMT, police brutality is really starting to get out of hand.

    From in Oklahoma

    Here are the links to the story and video, what's your take on all of this?

    Oklahoma Highway Patrol fight with EMT
    [Youtube clip]
    News9 Report
  2. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Do you think that there's any chance the cops behaved like that because he was black and they were racist?
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It's probably the main reason, but obviously no one is going to admit that.
  4. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    Wouldn't be one bit surprised...
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Why is it that when white people and black people get into any sort of tiff (namely a white police officer and a black man) the white police officer is racist? Based on the video ONLY, the officers were in the wrong. I don't know that it automatically deems him a racist.
  6. RITZFit macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2007
    In my Corner
    lol, just as I was reading this thread the news story was flashed on tv. Although the officers' reasons weren't clear, it was pretty obvious that it was really bad judgment call on their part... "failure to yeild" > "human life" :rolleyes:
    that news station I was watching suggested it was a bad case of inflated ego
  7. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2008
    I agree with you. Perhaps the officer was just a douche, that doesnt make him racist.
  8. kdum8 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yeah fair comment. I just have a thing against the attitude of a lot of cops stateside.
  9. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    If there was two emergencies, shouldn't the paramedics get the right of way? I mean, they're rushing to save somebody (Most likely). The police are catching somebody that is (Most likely) stealing- They COULD be shooting up the place, but then I'm sure the paramedics would be called also.

    I don't think that was justified in any way. The paramedic should've fought back. He'd be resisting arrest, but that would be justified right. He didn't do anything wrong!
  10. gibbz macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2007
    If only I knew why the rest of country has such a negative opinion of my "great" state .... hmmm
  11. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    Those policemen need a severe attitude adjustment. They are drunk on the power that uniform gives them.

    Sack them all with loss of pension.
  12. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    The police out rank the Paramedics.

    Reason being is Police can handle basic life support and are also hire up on the first responders list. Paramedics are their for advance life support. Hence they can arrive 2nd at a location. Police are needed to secure the area before the paramedics could even move in. This was explain to me by a fire fighter on how it all worked.
  13. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I would say that in most situations like this we just get a slice of the story, not the whole thing. It is easy to pass judgement based on insufficient information. Yes, there is a video... everything seems to be caught on video these days... but we likely never get the whole truth.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  14. peskaa macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2008
    London, UK
    Since when do police have anything approaching paramedic training? They might have basic first aid and be able to stick a bandage on somebody, but that'd be about it. If somebody was having a heart attack then all a policeman could do would be to watch.

    Now, the order in which they can "respond" to the same scene is another issue entirely. If its different incidents, the police should let the paramedics go first.
  15. Sdashiki macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2005
    Behind the lens
    Since when does a police officer have the right to assault another civil servant?

    Pissing contests aside, the guy did not deserve what happened to him.
  16. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    All police are CPR trained. Now it is correct they have nowear near the training of Paramedics.

    lets assume they are responding to a different crime. Police still are going to our rank the parimedics in the order of who gets the right away because the police will be securing another location and with the huge potentional of reducing to eliminating the need of a paramedics to even respond.

    At driver ambulances also screwed up. He should of yeild the right of way to the cop. The cops response to it was completely over boarded. A correct way the cop should of dealt with it was talk with the driver after wards and explain what he did wrong.
  17. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    We're not talking about two groups heading to the same scene. We're talking about two separate cases, where the police are headed to a crime or accident, while paramedics are actually in the middle of saving a woman.

    I think it's OK to have pulled the EMT over, but not while the woman was still in the back. That's completely stupid. Take her to the hospital, then talk.
  18. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Oh I agree how the trooper handled the case was completely wrong.

    I was just pointing out the parametric was also in the wrong by not yielding the right of way to the police. Even though it was 2 different cases the parametric should of yield the right of way to the police.

    I believe among first responders it goes police - Firetruck - then Paramedic Police are at the top of the list. Paramedics are on the bottom.

    As for correcting the paramedic. I was meaning the cop should of done it at the hospital before they went on their next call.
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Is that first responders to one scene, or is that applicable for completely independent cases? What if the ambulance wasn't empty, but carrying someone in serious condition?

    Besides, I believe the ambulance said they simply didn't see the police officer/car because their attention was diverted towards trying to avoid other traffic. I don't know if it's true, but I certainly can believe it.
  20. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    If it was such an emergency for the police, why take the time to pull the ambulance over? Those cops should be fired, regardless of the fight. What kind of idiot pulls an ambulance over with a patient in the back?

    They all have communication equipment and could've easily worked it out over the radio. These jackie cops couldn't have waited to get around the ambulance?

    Someone please post a follow up to this story when these cops get the punishment they deserve.
  21. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    The officer should have waited until after arriving at the hospital then spoke to the paramedic. Nothing more.

    This was simply an ego contest in my opinion, the officer should be put on unpaid suspension for a week or two.

    Haven't you ever taken Fascism, I mean Sociology. No matter whom you are or what you have done in your life if you are a White male then you are absolutely a racist. All that you can do is not act overtly racist. If you never act in any racist manner you are simply a racist whom does not act on your racist inclinations. White women may or may not be racist it is not so absolute as with white men.

    If you are not white any seemingly obvious or overt racist act is not racist, rather it is reverse racism. It is impossible to be a racist if you are not white since white people control the majority of power in the US only they can be racist. Any racist act between two minorities is also not actually racism but rather a reflection of racism passed down from white males.

    At least that was the synopsis of my colleges required socialism course, oops I meant sociology. I still managed a B in the course by keeping my mouth shut in class and spouting off the occasional bleeding heart liberal line to placate the professor.
  22. xboxer75010 macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2006
    Carrollton, TX
    According to the EMT statement the officer only had his lights on and not the siren so they were unaware of their presence until it was to late.
  23. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    no matter the case. In independent cases it goes that way.

    If they are carrying some one the ambulance has more advance equipment on board to keep the person alive.

    End of the day the ambulance driver made a mistake. The cop handled it VERY poorly and incorrectly. The way the cop handled it was completely out of line.
  24. bearbear macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2008
    *shrug* Personally, I see nothing wrong in this video.
  25. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    I don't care who's higher up on the food chain, but that cup is a total douche. He is pig like the majority of cops. They think that they can do what ever they want because they wear a uniform and carry a gun. Someone needs to set this jerk in his place. In addition to that, what the hell was that cop thinking when he put his hands on the EMT's neck? If I were that EMT, I would sue the state, OHP, and the cop.

    I just love how they're trying to pass this off as the EMT's fault, if anyone should be charged with a crime that cop should be the person. Cops are pigs, it's as simple as that.


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