In the state of Illinois, two EMS workers have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after improperly restraining a 35-year-old patient in an ambulance while under their care, leading to his death.
According to Fox News, the Sangamon County State's Attorney Dan Wright told the media Tuesday during a press conference that the two EMS workers from LifeStar, Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley, are charged with the murder of 35-year-old Earl L. Moore.
On December 18th police were summoned to Moore's home where he was reportedly suffering a hallucinatory episode Wright explained, according to Fox. Police radioed for an ambulance and Cadigan and Finley responded.
The two were supposed to transport Moore to a nearby hospital when they allegedly secured him face-down on a medical stretcher with a strap secured across his back and lower body.
“Following the arrival of EMS, Earl Moore Jr. became the victim of acts which caused his death at the hands of individuals called by police to provide emergency medical care,” Wright said.
The Springfield Police Department released body camera footage shared on Twitter by Julia Rosier of ABC20 WICS-TV.
— Julia Rosier (@juliahrosier) January 11, 2023
According to WICS-TV, three videos totaling approximately sixty minutes of footage were released.
“Upon arrival, they quickly identified that Mr. Moore was in medical distress and promptly requested that an EMS team be dispatched to the scene,” Wright said.
“You're going to have to walk 'cause we ain’t carrying you.. because I am seriously not in the mood for this dumb s****,” one of the responders is heard saying on the footage.
“They strapped him in good and tight, he ain't going anywhere,” another person from the footage is heard to say.
Fox News reported that an autopsy showed Moore died from “compressional and positional asphyxia due to prone face-down restraint on a paramedic transportation cot stretcher by tightened straps across the back.”
Both EMS workers have been booked in Sangamon County Jail under a $1 million bond each. If they are found guilty of murder in the first degree they could face up to sixty years in prison.
D. Peter Wise, an attorney who represented both EMS workers told The Washington Post, “These are two good people that find themselves in a very odd criminal case.”