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Oklahoma police abuse video finally released

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Back a few weeks ago Patricia Phillips’ story at the Examiner.com in Oklahoma about the police officer who literally went hunting for the ambulance driver who had pissed him off. Then once he found the driver Trooper Daniel Martin proceeded to physically assault paramedic Maurice White. Unfortunately for Trooper Martin this was all caught on the dash cam in his patrol car.

Before the encounter is over, Martin has assaulted the paramedic, frightened the patient, and created a neighborhood scene that is so unprofessional that it’s just about unbelievable. Enraged, he calls for backup, repeatedly threatens the unit’s operators, curses, chokes and slams White up against the ambulance several times–an action the patient later said rocked the unit, frightening her.

He also keeps screaming “you insulted me.” The trooper later says that Franks made an obscene hand gesture as Martin passed the ambulance, a charge Franks denies.

Source: Examiner.com

It took two weeks and a Freedom of Information request before the Oklahoma Highway Patrol finally relinquished a full copy of the incident. For those of you who don’t like strong language you may want to take a pass on watching the embedded video of the incident.

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10 Responses to “Oklahoma police abuse video finally released”

  1. Jules

    Why was this ambulance “supervisor,” so aggressive coming out of the back of the ambulance? They were not running code, i.e., lights/siren, how is the trooper supposed to know they have a patient inside?! He busts out of the back of that ambulance, knowing they did something wrong. The officer does NOT have to run code lights/siren and can turn them off/on when needed or to alert. He obvioulsy was going somewhere.

    I am not saying the officer handled this 100% the way I would have. I probably would have had them stopped outside the hospital, but otherwise you could tell there was going to be a confrontation no matter what with the ambulance “supervisor,” beins so aggressive. The ambulance “supervisor,” held himself out as someone with more authority than the trooper and he was wrong.

    I have had run-ins with ambulance drivers/ambulance contract employees before. They do believe they are of a higher authority and have “issues,” and I mean, “ISSUES.” Just some though, but usually you try to stay out of their way. I just hope most of them are only the ambulance companies problem, not a patients! You will never see this aggressive behavior with REAL firefighter paramedics. City/States need to do away with contracts with civilian companies! Suck it up and hire REAL paramedics/government employees to do the jobs that you have questionable companies/people taking care of.

    I don't know, but I think we sometimes make more out of these videos then we should. The only one that got the raw end of the deal in this…the patient in the back. The ambulance “supervisor,” busts out of that back door did not act appropriately. He should have said, “I apologize for the actions of the driver and if you follow us to the hospital, I have a patient in the back who is enroute to the hospital and then we can make sure he understands the inappropriateness of his actions…do you mind officer?” That's what a REAL PROFESSIONAL supervisor would have done, not come out “chesting-up” to this trooper.

    RIDICULOUS…I do believe the officer did not violate any rule, and got the patient underway in the most expediant manner despite the aggressive nature of the ambulance “supervisor.”

  2. Jules

    It's funny how inflammatory this “Petr's” comments are, “hunting down,” and “physically assault,” typical firing up of the media…well I am not a SHEEP, I can make up my own mind! I don't call stopping someone that presented a rude UNPROFESSIONAL hand gesture “hunting down.” I call that doing his job. He would do that to a group of teenagers that would act that juvenile or a old man who felt the need to act just as juvenile and asinine as this ambulance driver. They were NOT running code, which means lights and sirens nor where they even just running their lights. This trooper supposed to have psychic abilities to know someone is in the back? The way they were behaving is just more proof that contract ambulance companies have questionable people working for them and more importantly QUESTIONABLE people supervisoring their very questionable personnel!

    Sorry, don't believe Trooper Martin did anything wrong. He didn't delay the ambulance but hooked the idiot who jumped out of the ambulance wanting to fight up! Just like he would with anyone else…get over it! I have written: choffice@dps.state.ok.us Colonel Guillotte's (Martin's boss) my support in keeping Trooper Martin.

    You go too far when you want to fire people doing their job and demanding this man's job…just FREAKIN' STUPID over-reaction like so many ignorant people. He may deserve some type of reprimand for speeding to a non-emergency call (but we don't know those facts either), but firing him…come on! Shut UP!

  3. Jules

    You have to read the ambulance employees report they submitted. They should be ashamed of all the incorrect statements these employees submitted and bald-faced lies…it's sad. These idiots must have had NO clue that the camera was on nor that sound was being used. This ambulance employees…wow, just as I said…questionable people…it's scary!

  4. thewendyjx

    these troupers have issues in anger management and control they need some time off of the street before someone gets hurt or killed at their expense. they also look and act like they have a power trip and control problem perhaps need seek help by doctor or shrink.

  5. long island gal

    Both of them have their reasons of their actions. The Police has a point as well as the man. We all have different opinions and reactions to what happened. We'll just hope that this will be solved.

  6. Brian

    This is in response to Jules statement:
    I am from a small town in South Dakota; up here we value life a little more. The officer needed to take the chip off of his shoulder and take care of things after the patient was at the hospital!!!! (My family is in health care, looks by your statement yours is in law enforcement).

    Jules – Why was this ambulance “supervisor,” so aggressive coming out of the back of the ambulance? They were not running code, i.e., lights/siren, how is the trooper supposed to know they have a patient inside?!

    My Response – (If the officer would have took time to look in the back of the ambulance after the “supervisor” came out he would have known about the patient and maybe given assistance to the hospital)

    Jules – He busts out of the back of that ambulance, knowing they did something wrong.

    My Response – (He came out of the ambulance because it stopped. He was looking out for the well being of the patient in other words doing his job)

    Jules – the officer does NOT have to run code lights/siren and can turn them off/on when needed or to alert. He obviously was going somewhere.

    My Response – (Yes he was going somewhere, he was going to let the ambulance go by because he was upset, the officer didn’t get out of his car at the gas station).

    Jules – I am not saying the officer handled this 100% the way I would have. I probably would have had them stopped outside the hospital, but otherwise you could tell there was going to be a confrontation no matter what with the ambulance “supervisor,” beins so aggressive. The ambulance “supervisor,” held himself out as someone with more authority than the trooper and he was wrong.

    I have had run-ins with ambulance drivers/ambulance contract employees before. They do believe they are of a higher authority and have “issues,” and I mean, “ISSUES.”

    My Response – (If putting life ahead of someone’s pride is issues I guess your correct then.)

    Jules – Just some though, but usually you try to stay out of their way. I just hope most of them are only the ambulance companies problem, not a patients! You will never see this aggressive behavior with REAL firefighter paramedics. City/States need to do away with contracts with civilian companies! Suck it up and hire REAL paramedics/government employees to do the jobs that you have questionable companies/people taking care of.

    My Response – (This is spoken like a true hypocrite, just because they are not City or State employees means they are not qualified “come on get a grip on reality” the town I am from is all volunteer for the fire department and paramedics. Maybe you should worry less about your Union attitude and more about doing the right thing.)

    Jules – I don't know, but I think we sometimes make more out of these videos then we should.

    My Response – (This video is should be shown to the public and the officer should be held accountable).

    Jules – The only one that got the raw end of the deal in this…the patient in the back.

    My Response – (I Agree)

    Jules – The ambulance “supervisor,” busts out of that back door did not act appropriately. He should have said, “I apologize for the actions of the driver and if you follow us to the hospital, I have a patient in the back who is enroute to the hospital and then we can make sure he understands the inappropriateness of his actions…do you mind officer?” That's what a REAL PROFESSIONAL supervisor would have done, not come out “chesting-up” to this trooper.

    My Response – (Or if the officer could have defused the situation if he would have taken the chip off of his shoulder until the patient was at the hospital things could have cooled down).

    Jules – RIDICULOUS…I do believe the officer did not violate any rule, and got the patient underway in the most expediant manner despite the aggressive nature of the ambulance “supervisor.”

    My Response – (you need to watch this video again this is almost 8 miniutes. In my mind the officer is lucky the crowd didn’t get involved, If that officer ever needs help from this ambulance crew I hope the “supervisor” is a bigger man and doesn’t carry a chip like the officer did).

  7. Aksel

    Well, from now on “officer down” is synonymous with “coffee break” to EMTs in OK, and rightfully so.

    And, Juels, you are so far off og so tainted bu your prejustice it is allmost laughable. I am amased that the EMTs could get their report so close to what the video shows, considering the abuse they had to take, verbally and physically. Juels, if its to hard for you to get what is happening, just try and keep track of the cursewords and where they come from…

  8. Carl Strohmeyer

    Although in my opinion the Ambulance driver should have yielded (since it did not have its lights on), the vindictiveness of this cop to hunt down this ambulance and then harass the ambulance driver and paramedic, not to mention scaring the poor patient in the back is a clear example of a cop that is in the wrong line of work.

    But what bothers me even more is not this arrogant cop’s attitude, but the attempt to keep this from public view by the top brass at his department. This is disgusting and unfortunately is what makes for bad PD. As well this makes the many good cops look bad.
    I know the police in my town (Grants Pass) are extremely corrupt and are even told to lie. Letter, phone calls go unanswered, while a desk sergeant even laughed about my family's struggles that include threatening emails from a stalker that caused us to move here.
    I will admit that I was spoiled by the awesome PD where I used to live, but the kind of treatment we get in Grants Pass or these people experienced in Oklahoma is beyond despicable.

  9. drlaw

    OH MY GOD!!!!! THE POLICE ARE SUPPOSED TO SERVE AND PROTECT. THE WOMAN IN THE BACK WAS ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A REASON, THAT'S NOT PROTECTING THE PEOPLE. THE COP WANTED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT HE IS THE ONE IN CHARGE BOTTOM LINE. SUE THAT DEPARTMENT FOR HAVING AN IMPROPERLY TRAINED OFFICER'(S), SUE THE COUNTY, SUE THE POLICE OFFICER PERSONALLY, SUE THE STATE. THE SUPERVISOR WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE PATIENT THE COP WASN'T. MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH. GOOD GRIEF. EVERYONE NEEDS A CAMERA NOW DAYS OTHERWISE YOU WONT HAVE A CASE CAUSE THE POLICE ARE ALWAYS RIGHT. IT MAKES YOU WANDER HOW MUCH THIS REALLY HAPPENS IN LIFE. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE IN PRISON CAUSE OF CORRUPT POLICE OFFICERS WHO WANT TO GET BACK AT YOU? WOW!!!!!!! AND NOW THE HARVARD PROFESSOR…..