I pray on my naps they are all fired along with the pigs.
'Modified duty' for medics after fatal NYC arrest
NEW YORK (AP) — Four emergency workers involved in the medical
response for a New York City man who died in police custody after being
put in an apparent chokehold have been placed on "modified duty" and
barred from responding to 911 calls, the Fire Department of New York
The two EMTs and two paramedics removed from the city's emergency
response system are the latest public safety workers to face
reassignment as questions mount about Thursday's death of Eric Garner.
Two police officers — including the one who put his arm around Garner's
neck — have been put on desk duty.
The medics' modified duty restrictions will remain in effect pending
an investigation into their actions, fire department spokesman James
Video of the arrest shot by a bystander shows one officer wrap his
arm around Garner's neck as he is taken to the ground — arrested for
allegedly selling untaxed, loose cigarettes — while Garner shouts, "I
The fire department disclosed the medics' reassignment after a second
video surfaced showing at least a half-dozen police officers and
emergency workers circling a man who appears to be Garner lying on the
sidewalk, handcuffed and unresponsive.
Long said placing the emergency workers on modified duty — which
includes a notice in their state health department file that they are
not to respond to medical calls — is department protocol when questions
arise about a medical response and was not a reaction to the post-arrest
The fire department said the emergency workers are employees of
Richmond County Medical Center, the Staten Island hospital where Garner
was taken by ambulance and pronounced dead. Authorities said the father
of six likely had a heart attack, but more tests are needed to determine
the exact cause and manner of his death.
A Richmond County Medical Center spokeswoman did not immediately respond to messages.
Long said the fire department took action against the hospital's
emergency responders because it oversees the city's 911 system, a
patchwork of public and privately-operated emergency services.
The restrictions on the medical personnel came a day after the police
department said it reassigned Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who
used the apparent chokehold on Garner, and another unidentified officer
while prosecutors and internal affairs detectives investigate.
Chokeholds are banned under department policy.
The department said it stripped Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran of the force, of his gun and badge.
Court records show that within the past two years, three men sued
Pantaleo in federal court over allegedly unlawful, racially motivated
arrests. Pantaleo did not return a telephone message.
Earlier Sunday, the Rev. Al Sharpton demanded justice for Garner and
accountability from citizens who attack police officers during an appeal
from the pulpit at Manhattan's Riverside Church.
Garner was "choked by New York City policemen," the Harlem preacher
told the congregation. "What bothers me is that the nation watches a man
say 'I can't breathe' and the choking continues, and police surround
him and none of them even say, 'Wait a minute, stop! He can't breathe!'"
Garner's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at the Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
Video of Garner's struggle with police obtained by the New York Daily
News shows the 6-foot-3, 350-pound man becoming irate and refusing to
Garner, who has been arrested for illegally selling cigarettes
numerous times in recent years, told the officers who confronted him
that he had not done anything wrong, according to the video of the
"Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It
stops today," Garner shouts. "I'm minding my business. Please just
leave me alone."
Then, as four officers bring him down to the sidewalk, Garner, who
was asthmatic, gasps, "I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" The video
shows one officer using his hands to push Garner's face into the
The second video, which appears to have been shot shortly after
Garner was handcuffed, shows him lying on the sidewalk, apparently
unresponsive. More than three minutes in, medics arrive and one checks
his pulse. Garner is lifted onto a gurney and transported to a waiting
ambulance about two minutes later.
A bystander asks why no one is performing CPR and one officer responds, "because he's breathing."