California Man Dies After Protesters Prevent Ambulance from Reaching Him
With Ferguson protesters clogging the streets of Berkeley, California, last week, a man died because an ambulance was delayed too long as it tried to get him to the hospital, a report says.
The man had collapsed at his home and an ambulance was called. But both on its way to the man and on its way to the hospital, people protesting in support of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and against cops delayed the vehicle’s progress.
A man who collapsed while waiting for Berkeley paramedics to arrive later died at the hospital, city employees have told Berkeleyside, after large protests that wracked the city earlier this month delayed first responders.
Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong has declined to comment on the incident, saying he is prohibited from doing so because of medical privacy laws.
“Anytime there is a delay it causes us concern,” he said, speaking generally. “Our objective is to get there rapidly so we can start treating the patient.”
Several city staffers — who asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak with the media — confirmed that paramedics were delayed in their response to help the man who collapsed, and said he later died at the hospital.
Protesters killed this man. Plain and simple.
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