Four paramedics were placed on desk duty for not administering aid to Eric Garner as he lay dying on a sidewalk after being placed in an illegal chokehold by an NYPD officer. Now an eerily similar story is being reported by the New York Times with regard to Michael Brown’s death.
After the unarmed teen was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson, no medical aid was offered at the scene, claims a witness.
Here’s what happened according to the NYT:
Sitting outside his building, Mr. Stone said he was jolted by the sound of two gunshots, followed by several more in rapid succession. The second series of shots “sounded automatic,” he said. “They let it rip.”
Mr. Stone ran outside and saw two police officers, both white men, standing near Mr. Brown, who was lying on his stomach, his arms at his sides, blood seeping from his head. Another neighbor, a woman who identified herself as a nurse, was begging the officers to let her perform CPR.
They refused, Mr. Stone said, adding, “They didn’t even check to see if he was breathing.”
After Eric Garner lost consciousness in New York, a seven minute video revealed that EMTs on the scene failed to administer assistance.
“You can [only] hear her say, ‘Oh, he can’t walk to the bus?’” a source told the New York Post.
“Garner should have been immediately placed on a stretcher, and his airway, breathing and circulation checked, sources,” the paper reads. Although one EMT is seen checking Garner for a pulse, she never follows any of the other prescribed procedures.
When Garner told an NYPD officer that he couldn’t breathe after being placed in a chokehold, he lost consciousness and later passed away.