A Memphis Fire EMT testified to the Tennesee Emergency Medical Services board on Friday that Memphis Police officers actively blocked his and his partner’s ability to provide patient care to Tyre Nichols.
According to CNN, Robert Long said they found Nichols propped up against a car and handcuffed on January 7th and that officers were mocking him.
“MPD is leaning over the patient in his face, saying loudly that the patient is not going anywhere and that they are not going to uncuff him, impeding patient care,” Long said.
Long said he and his partner JaMichael Sandridge attempted to take Nichol’s vitals but he slumped over and they took that as he was refusing medical attention.
Long said that based on his visual assessment, Nichols was bruised and blooded but did not have any life-threatening injuries. He noted Nichols barely spoke and did not verbally deny the medical attention.
Within 15 minutes, Nichols vitals plummeted and required Long and Sandridge to perform emergency medical care on him and transport him to the hospital.
Long and Sandridge were both initially suspended and since fired by the Department for failing to provide basic or advanced life-saving medical care. They have not been criminally charged, though may still come.
Long’s testimony is an attempt to keep his EMT certification, which the board is now deliberating on whether to revoke it or not.
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