Paramedic over the edge and perhaps suffering from stress? He may have needed medical attention after the incident. BD
CHICAGO -- Attorneys for a man who says he was beaten by a Chicago Fire Department paramedic two years ago released a videotape Monday that shows the man cowering as he takes blows to his face.
The paramedic on the tape was reportedly upset that Robert Cole, 43 -- who had called for an ambulance after feeling dizzy -- changed his mind on the way to the hospital and decided he didn't want medical attention. The tape shows Cole being tossed out of the ambulance and onto the ground in a parking lot. Later, Cole is shown on the ground outside the emergency room as Ward stands over him, repeatedly hitting his face, attorneys said.
But no one contacted the state's attorney's office to inform officials that the statements that led to the charges were contradicted by the tape, LeCompte said. "No one really cared," she said. "He was collateral damage."