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Repulsive Brutality by Oklahoma Cops Captured on YouTubeTim King Salem-News.com
The cop turned on another emergency professional tasked with saving lives, who wears a uniform and a badge- without a hint of professional respect or professional conduct. Welcome to Oklahoma.
(OKLAHOMA CITY) - Viral YouTube video of police brutality is in the news again. This time the place is Oklahoma City and the victim is a black ambulance driver with a patient who was enroute to the hospital when he was pulled over for not yielding to a cop.
There is an unwritten rule in the law enforcement/fire/ambulance world that allows drivers to go fast, really fast, if they are indeed code-3 and deem it necessary. But how is one emergency driver to know when they are expected to pull over for another? The driver apparently believed the cop was escorting the ambulance.
In this case, regardless of how many cops pop up to defend the behavior shown on these tapes, there is a whole new problem that even transcends tasering great-grandmothers (If that is actually possible) and beating suspects who were just rendered unconscious in a high-speed car crash; these cops turned on another emergency professional tasked with saving lives, who wears a uniform and a badge without a hint of professional respect.
The state trooper is identified as Daniel Martin. Believe it or not, he is actually under investigation tonight by his own department. Of course that typically isn't even allowed to happen on the west coast, where officials actually try to avoid conflicts of interest.
I realize this is Oklahoma, but they still should be operating in a more modern fashion when it comes to self-investigating. As it turns out, Martin has what could only be considered a checkered past and when he was fired from a law enforcement job in Fairfax, it was accompanied by a unanimous vote for his firing.
"Yeah, I remember him," store clerk Linda Burgess said. "That's a sore subject around here. He left quite an imprint on this community, and not a good one, either. He was a bully with an attitude.
"And he was always pulling people over and using the f-word."
So after Martin was let go with disgrace from a smaller agency, the Oklahoma State Police picked him up. I fear for the people in this state.
The list goes on. A barber shop owner in Fairfax named Linda Bevill says Martin is a bullish man who ran off teenagers from cruising Main Street and continually accused residents of drinking alcohol during an endless stream of "unnecessary" traffic stops.
She said, "He struck me as a man who probably didn't have any control over any part of his life growing up, someone who needed control and power." Bevill added, "I remember he even went and bought one of those portable police lights for his own car. He just needed to play cop even when he was off duty."
The ambulance driver Martin was so intent in delaying and arresting in the middle of a medical transport, Paramedic Maurice White Jr., is a Creek Nation paramedic.
He has his own problems in his employment past but there is a mix, whereas there are few supporters putting their neck on the line for Martin.
The video reveals what could only be described as a violent confrontation between the pair of first responders standing beside an ambulance with a patient inside receiving absolutely no regard from the police.
Sources in Oklahoma report that Trooper Daniel Martin actually placed his hands around the neck of a paramedic, and it is clear from the video clips below.
Underscoring the integrity of the Oklahoma State Police, Martin and the other officers who attacked and hassled the ambulance driver remain on duty.
"The highway patrol officers, the troopers, are not being placed on any kind of administrative leave," OHP Captain Chris West told News9.com.
"If the investigation shows there were some violations of department policy or procedure, we'll address those accordingly."
KOTV reports that the patient was finally taken to the hospital where she was treated and released.
Here is the complete dashboard camera footage clip:
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