Oklahoma State Trooper Assaults, Attempts to Arrest EMT Headed for Hospital

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Who cares about the needs of a critical care patient when there’s a State Trooper’s hungry ego to feed?

Emergency Medical Technician Maurice White, Jr., a paramedic with the Creek Nation EMS in Oklahoma, was shuttling a patient to the hospital when he was stopped by a State Trooper. White, intent on getting the patient the care she needed, hadn’t noticed that the trooper had been behind him with lights flashing; when the trooper zoomed by, he made radio contact and snarled at White that he “should consider checking [his] rear view mirrors.”

A little while later the Trooper, operating his vehicle with typical recklessness, cut off a car driven by a family member of the patient and signaled for White to pull over. Seeing a woman sitting next to the Trooper, and thinking she might need medical care, White complied — only to find himself under assault and the subject of a spurious arrest on the way to the hospital.

Several other brown-shirted state police materialized, and White was swarmed; at one point, one of the skinheaded state stormtroopers had his hand on White’s throat.

Once again, in keeping with the quasi-official media protocol, this episode was described by local ABC affiliate news as a “scuffle” or a “confrontation,” rather than a criminal assault by several armed tax-feeders on a medical professional in the course of carrying out a task that actually helps people, rather than harassing or plundering them.

12:08 pm on May 28, 2009
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