Early in December, paramedics rushing to save a collapsed man who later died in the hospital were delayed in their response by protesters. The additional time it took to reach the victim may have contributed to his death.
Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong said, “Anytime there is a delay it causes us concern… Our objective is to get there rapidly so we can start treating the patient.”
Protesters have been demonstrating in Berkeley and across the nation over the last three weeks in response to the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, both who died in struggles with police officers. Many of those protesters have been wearing “I Can’t Breathe T-shirts” in remembrance of Garner, who cried, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,” while being subdued by NYC police after committing a minor crime.
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