No charges will be filed against the Ohio police officer that was captured on camera choking an EMT worker. Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said there will be no action taken against the officer and that he believed he was justified, considering the circumstance.
The incident began when medics were tending to a victim identified only as “Arnold”, who was kicking medical personnel. “This gentleman got punched and was knocked out, and he had a lot of alcohol. Typically in our line of work when they come to, the last thing they remember was they were in a fight,” told Life Medical Response Capt. Jon Jenkins. But Jenkins says the situation became dangerous.
“If you’ve seen the video, I’m right up against the gentleman and he’s trying to bite me and he’s trying to punch and I took quite a few kicks and knees thrown,” Jenkins said. Jenkins asked the responding officer to use a Taser in an attempt to control the patient. The medic who was grabbed by the officer didn’t hear the request and originally thought the victim could have a head injury. The medic grabbed the officer on the left shoulder, which isn’t shown in the original video, and the officer reacts by moving the medic out of the way. Ware said the officer grabbed the medic first under the armpit and then by the clavicle, not by the throat. He said the two men parted ways amicably. Body camera video was used by two officers with Shawnee State University in the investigation. Police are still trying to identify a suspect involved in the original fight that led to the call.