EMTs forced to perform emergency procedure after anti-Trump protesters block ambulance from reaching hospital

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Norman Clement (Connecticut State Police)

block ambulance EMT anti-Trump protester
Norman Clement (Connecticut State Police)

Early Monday, Fox and Friends reported that emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, were required to perform an emergency medical procedure after anti-Trump protesters in New Haven, Connecticut, blocked the road, preventing an ambulance from reaching the hospital.

According to the New Haven Patch:

State police and media reports say about 100 to 200 people who were protesting President Trump’s immigration policies ended up blocking an ambulance from getting to a local hospital, which forced paramedics to perform an emergency medical procedure themselves on a “critically ill patient.”

State police say they did arrest the leader of the protest but not before he tried to flee on foot and knocked into some of the protesters he helped organize. Law enforcement officials issued a sternly worded statement about the incident.

“The Connecticut State Police would like to remind the public that protests blocking any highway or roadway is not only a crime, but dangerous and will NOT be tolerated. All laws will be strictly enforced,” state police said in a news release.

“The protesters were in the process of being cleared from the highway, but not before they obstructed an ambulance carrying a critically ill patient. Due to this delay ambulance personnel were required to perform an emergency medical procedure in the ambulance instead of at the hospital,” state police said in a statement, according to the Patch.

According to Mass Live, 66-year-old Norman Clement, pictured above, was identified as the leader of the protest and arrested.  But he didn’t go quietly, Mass Live said:

“Clement ran from law enforcement personnel through the crowd, knocking over several of his supporters, before being apprehended. Clement actively resisted arrest and was sprayed with (pepper spray),” police said.

Clement was eventually charged inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer and reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian. He was released on $5,000 surety bond and is scheduled to appear at New Haven Superior Court on Feb. 13, police said.

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