Video: Cleveland EMS supervisor's vehicle attacked during riot

Cleveland's EMS union condemned the attack on the vehicle trying to reach a patient


By Laura French

CLEVELAND — Video shows several rioters attacking and throwing objects at a Cleveland EMS vehicle during civil unrest in the city. 

CARE Local 1975 said in a statement that an EMS supervisor was trying to reach a patient when the attack occurred. 

The video, captured by a reporter on Saturday, shows a crowd surrounding the vehicle as it is struck by multiple objects and one person jumps on top of it. The vehicle had its lights activated during the incident. 

CARE Local 1975 reported that the supervisor is OK but that the vehicle sustained damage, including broken windows. 

"CARE supports peaceful protests, however attacking a Paramedic in his vehicle is not peaceful and not a protest; it is a violent act against a first responder sworn to protect and aid the citizens and guests of the City of Cleveland," the union said in a statement on Twitter. "CARE condemns this horrific act." 

The union also called on city and state officials to "do what is necessary" to protect EMS providers. 

 

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