Cops manhandle paramedic

2013-01-23 20:56
Police arrest paramedic Garth van Zyl.  (Picture: Supplied)

Police arrest paramedic Garth van Zyl. (Picture: Supplied)

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Cape Town - A paramedic has been arrested at the scene of an accident in Franschoek, for obstructing police in the performance of their duty.

Garth van Zyl had been asked by the fire chief at the scene on Tuesday to handle scene safety, after the police had not responded to his request for assistance.

After the Medicare EMR paramedic started doing scene safety to protect the fire crews from vehicles travelling down the road, police arrested him.

The paramedic, who has a (broken) leg in a brace, was forcibly removed from the scene and dragged some distance and locked up in a police van.

The fire chief at that point again asked the police to do traffic control as the crews working on site were in danger of being hit by other motorists.

The medic can be heard on a video made at the scene asking the police to allow him to get into the van himself. They replied by threatening to use maximum force.

Van Zyl was charged with obstructing the police in the performance of their duty.

He claims police tried to deny bail but a lawyer arranged for him to be released the same evening.

He is to appear in court in Paarl on Thursday.

Police could not immediately comment on the incident.



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