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Video: Police 'manhandle' paramedic

Officers arrested the South African medic for "hindering a police officer to perform his duties"

WEST CAPE PROVINCE, Republic of South Africa — Police officers who apparently manhandled a paramedic attending to a Franschhoek accident scene should be investigated, Western Cape community safety MEC Dan Plato said on Thursday.

The incident on Tuesday, posted on video sharing site Youtube, shows two police officers escorting the medic past an accident scene to their police van, where they try to push him in after arresting him. The medic is heard asking if he can enter the van himself because he has a broken leg that is healing. The officers can be heard saying they would use the necessary force against him.

Another official is then seen begging the officers to help secure the accident scene. After watching the video online, Plato said he had written to provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer to request an urgent investigation.

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Mike Ledgerwood Mike Ledgerwood Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:31:55 AM Wow - what a good job reporting media, not. Keep in mind this is a foreign country that has different laws and rights than the US. You only know what was shown on Facebook. Maybe there is more to the story than what you know. Another reason why I hate the pathetic excuse that is "news".
Gavin Crocker Gavin Crocker Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:03:27 PM that's not right. it should be investigated and those guys should lose their job for doing that.
Pamela Frazier Whitman Pamela Frazier Whitman Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:15:47 PM I do not see him being mis-handled...but I have no-idea why he is being detained. He seemed to be co-operating and the police officers did not harm him in anyay.
John Muravez John Muravez Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:41:41 PM ok this is what pisses me off about utube... I am to be pissed at what? I been treated worse.... The video doesn't show WHY he was arrested so who knows wtf happened... eck how do we even know he is a real medic...
William Haigney William Haigney Friday, January 25, 2013 3:21:28 AM I would comment, but I don't know the situation, so it would be Foolish to do so. I ask EMS1 to Follow up with a more detailed explanation of what went on here.
Ed Hillenbrand Ed Hillenbrand Friday, January 25, 2013 6:32:23 AM OK, after going to the news sight that has the article this person is some sort of EMS person and was arrested for "hindering" a police officer at the accident scene. Possibly a turf battle; but as has been said before: EMS1 DO A BETTER JOB REPORTING! If you were an FNG trying to get off of probation I wouldn't clear you! Your reports do not tell the story.
Chris Willoughby Chris Willoughby Friday, January 25, 2013 9:24:06 AM The only thing I have to say not knowing the whole situation is, I hope that patient care was priority after scene security, which was apparently not happening either. Again though, not sure of the whole situation of why the medic is being arrested. I agree that different countries have different laws, but scene security and safety and then patient care is usually the same around the world. Turf war? Maybe. All we can do is see if there is an investigation and it is released as a follow up to this article.
John Muravez John Muravez Friday, January 25, 2013 9:57:11 AM what if he is not a real medic and he punched one of them? the video is not the full story and calling for peoples jobs when we have no idea what happened is sad... Videos like this get posted 10 or more times a day on youtube and I love following the stories and find out its complete bs... I don't remember even seeing one that was wrong besides that shooting in Oakland and I truly think that was a accident by the cop. The best was a guy claiming a cop came on to his property and gave him a no seat belt ticket as he sat in his driveway... The cop was being nice and the video did not start till the cop was back at his car writing it. Turns out he was out driving around and cop spotted him and hit the light as he was pulling into his driveway and his story of just sitting there was complete bs and he lost the ticket case and the lawsuit. Or how about the big time news story of agents serving a warrant in Sacramento for a lady who had issues with loans. People thought she was being arrested because she missed payments but the truth was that she was the ring leader of a gang who got over a million in loans under false info...
Torch Onepercenter Torch Onepercenter Sunday, January 27, 2013 6:07:41 AM I remember back in the day when I was on the job in NYC FDNY & NYPD used to fight at accident scenes ALL the time, but I don't remember ANYONE getting arrested. I do know some cops though that think they can run the scene no matter what. At an accident scene the cops should handle traffic control & let fire & EMS handle the accident. After the patients have been treated if there is an investigation THEN the cops should take over. SAVING lives & preventing "other" injuries should be the FIRST priority.
Arthur Ball Arthur Ball Friday, February 01, 2013 6:20:23 AM It would have been nice to have seen and be informed as to what lead to that situation in the first place. Also, that medic did not appeared to have been man handled. Granted maybe the Cops were wrong but in the event they were, there's no way for anyone to be able to tell from this video.

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