SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (WTVD) — Two emergency medical workers in Illinois have been charged with first-degree murder after a patient died in their care last month, according to the Springfield Police Department.
Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright charged Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan in the Dec. 18, 2022, death of an Illinois man, according to criminal complaints.
Emergency medical personnel responded to a call for assistance with a patient who was “suffering from alcohol withdrawal hallucinations,” according to a statement from the Springfield Police Department.
Finley can be heard yelling at a man who introduced himself as Earl Moore to sit down and “stop acting stupid” in recently released body camera video.
The video also shows Finley telling Moore, 35, “We’re not going to carry you” and “I’m seriously not in the mood for this ‘stupid stuff’,” using expletives in his remark, before eventually strapping the patient to stretcher in a lying position,” the police department said.
According to A press release with the Springfield Police Department, officers attempted to treat Moore after emergency medical personnel “behaved indifferently to the patient’s condition.”
A spokesman for LifeStar Ambulance Service, Inc., which employs Finley and Cadigan, told ABC News it had “no comment” on the ongoing investigation.
The video camera also shows police trying to help Moore out of the house and onto a stretcher.
“Officers took steps to assist the patient, providing him with the necessary care, even waiting at the scene to ensure that medical personnel loaded the patient into an ambulance,” Springfield Police said in a news release. “Non-EMS officers are not trained or equipped to provide the necessary medical care or transport patients in such a situation.”
According to the Springfield Police Department, Moore died after arriving at the hospital.
Teresa Haley, president of the Springfield branch of the NAACP, said at a Tuesday press conference hosted by Wright that watching the video made her think about George Floyd, the black man from Minneapolis who was killed by former police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020. arrest.
“They literally put his hands behind his back and tied him up. He couldn’t move if he wanted to and he’s lying face down,” Haley said. “They showed no compassion for this man. He should be alive today.”
Fine and Cadigan are being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $1 million bond, according to court documents.
No attorneys were listed for Finley and Cadigan that ABC News could contact.
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