A cop in New Roads, Louisiana may have broken the law after he handcuffed a volunteer firefighter while responding to a 911 call.
Despite having the same goal of protecting and serving the public, firefighters and police officers occasionally end up at odds with one another. A cop in New Roads, Louisiana may have broken the law after he handcuffed a volunteer firefighter while responding to a 911 call.
While the circumstances surrounding the medical emergency are unclear, witnesses claimed the cop became upset over a parking issue.
The firefighter was the first to arrive on scene. He left his truck on the side of the road with the lights on his vehicle still flashing. Paramedics then showed up followed by the officer.
When the law enforcement authority requested that the truck be moved and the fireman refused to do so, the cop handcuffed him and placed him in the back of the squad car for approximately 15 minutes.
The firefighter had reportedly been rendering aid at the time he was cuffed. One witness to the scene is outraged at what she saw and expressed concerns over future emergency situations.
The police chief says no disciplinary action will be taken against the officer, despite the fact that state laws cite it as illegal for any person “intentionally hindering, delaying, hampering, interfering with, or impeding the progress” of any fireman.