First, and I mean this sincerely, I'm suprised that you would assume that the driver did give the troop the middle finger. You've always told us not to assume anything about law enforcement activities, I don't understand why you'd make a blanket statement like "you know he did." Actually, no, I don't know that he did.
Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
I follow this case closely, as many years ago I had a trooper give me a hard time for not immediately yielding to him (I was in an ambulance returning to the station from the hospital) when he came from behind at 100+ MPH with lights and no siren. He was enroute to re-construct an accident where law enforcement had been on scene for an hour or more. I reminded him that when he was traveling 146FPS, that didn't give a lot of reaction time to the traffic in front of him, nor did I think he was being safe by tailgating me until I merged into the adjancent lane. We agreed to disagree. Still irks me, though.
Does this mean that if we're treating a stable patient in thier home with a 2-person crew, and my partner needs me to help him move the stretcher up the stairs, I can't do it because I would have "abandoned" the patient? The term abondonment is, in my opinion, grossly misunderstood.
OTHER MEDIC: Wrong for leaving the bus. If pt. care was his primary function (and it was), by leaving the bus to engage the trooper, he essentially abandoned the pt.
And remember, he had already abandoned the pt.
For me, it was punctuated that the second trooper was trying to do what he could to help the situation, as he can be seen patting the patient's husband on the back as they walk away at the end of the video. I have no doubt that he either verbally, or through body language, tried to calm the first trooper down.
OTHER TROOPER: He was wrong for not removing his partner from the situation and trying to de-escalate the situation. It is conflict resolution 101 to seperate the parties and let cooler heads prevail. This responsibility is doubled if it is accurate that this Trooper has an EMS background.
Bottom line is that this incident is an embarrasment to both agencies. It will remain an embarrasment for a long time, in the timeless land of YouTube.