Confrontation between Ohio cop, EMT goes viral
In a video taken by a bystander, a police officer grabbed an EMT by the neck after he intervened on a patient’s behalf
By Police1 Staff
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio — A video capturing an aggressive confrontation between a police officer and EMT surfaced over the weekend, prompting an internal police review.
The video was taken by a bystander, who shared the video on Facebook.
Witnesses said they were leaving a bar Saturday night when police and EMS responded to a call of a man who was knocked unconscious during a fight. Witness Trevor Conley told WSAZ that when the man regained consciousness he was not calm; he then stated the police officer used a TASER on the man.
An EMT on scene attempted to intervene.
“The EMT said, ‘You can’t be tasing this guy, he’s bleeding, got head problems,’” witness Josh Journey said. “Then after that [the officer] grabbed the EMT, took him across the street, and I saw him have his hands on this throat all the way across the road and had him up against that cruiser.”
Journey said once the officer saw that he was being recorded, he attempted to confiscate the phone.
Portsmouth Police chief said the incident is under administrative review, which will conclude Wednesday. The chief also said that he has seen the video and stated that it only captures part of the incident.