Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Internal NYPD reports released

Internal NYPD reports, made immediately after the murder, have been released. This observer was rendered speechless some time ago.


"The FDNY announced over the weekend that two EMTs and two paramedics from RUMC who responded to the scene would be barred from responding to 911 calls pending an investigation and review of the incident.

The emergency workers "are suspended without pay while the investigation continues as they are placed on operational restriction. This restriction means they are not working at this hospital or throughout the 911 system. Richmond University Medical Center continues to fully cooperate as this matter is under investigation," according to a statement by the hospital.

The decision was made after video surfaced showing one of the responding EMTs - identified in the New York Post as Nicole Palmeri - taking Garner's pulse but apparently doing little else for about two minutes before Garner is hoisted onto a stretcher. At the video's four-minute mark, she checks his wrist for a pulse, then puts her hand on the side of his neck before telling gathered police officers, "Yeah."

"She should have either put him on oxygen or put an airway in his mouth," the source said. "They were there for four and a half minutes and they did none of that."

The source also questioned the way the EMT looked for Garner's pulse, noting that a check near the carotid artery would be performed "to the left or the right of the trachea, not on the side of the neck." Otherwise, the source said, "You're feeling your own pulse in your hand."

"One medic at Garner’s side doesn’t even have any of the required equipment on her, such as an oxygen bag or a defibrillator, the source said. “You can [only] hear her say, ‘Oh, he can’t walk to the bus?’ ” the source said."