Report: emotionally disturbed man beat by New York police
Two FDNY EMTs who had to intervene to stop four NYPD police officers from beating a handcuffed patient on a stretcher have turned the cops over to authorities.
The emotionally disturbed patient was punched multiple times in the face on July 20, according to FDNY documents.
The two FDNY emergency medical technicians were called to Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct stationhouse between Rogers and Nostrand Aves. in East Flatbush around 7:30 p.m. to bring the patient to a nearby hospital.
ESU arrived to restrain the man for transport. He was combative and banging his head against the wall, reports said.
“Pt. came out of the cell in cuffs. Pt. became combative with PD and (was) put on our stretcher,” wrote one EMT in the Unusual Occurrence Report filed with FDNY brass.
“Pt. was struck in the face by an officer … pt. spit in the face of an officer, whereupon the officer punched the pt. in the face multiple times,” the report said.
When the patient spit at the cop again, more cops started beating him, the EMT said.
The account was reinforced by a second EMT, who stated that the patient was brought out by ESU in “handcuffs and foot shackles.”
After the first round of punches, the patient was “taken off the stretcher to the ground and restrained again,” the EMT stated in a written statement.
The patient sustained injuries to the face and head. A spokesman for the FDNY confirmed there was a notification from the agency to the NYPD. The 67th Precinct incident is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
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