Police Officer Suspended After Handcuffing EMT In Emergency Room

A New York police officer has been placed on paid suspension after handcuffing a Black EMT worker who was trying to get a patient into the hospital.

According to WHEC, the incident started when Monroe Ambulance EMT Lekia Smith hit a Rochester police investigator’s car with her vehicle’s door while unloading a patient in Strong Memorial Hospital’s ambulance bay.

The investigator, who is white, asked for her identification, but Smith was focused on unloading and transporting the patient inside the hospital, WHEC reports.

A video of the encounter shows Smith being handcuffed while she is with the patient on a stretcher.


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