- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Two emergency medical technicians have accused four New York City police officers of beating a mentally ill man while he was handcuffed to a stretcher.

The NYPD is investigating a July 20 incident in which two FDNY EMTs claim they had to physically intervene to stop four officers from punching a restrained patient repeatedly in the face, according to FDNY documents, the New York Daily News reported.

In an Unusual Occurrence Report, the EMTs said the violence began as they were preparing to move the unidentified man to a hospital.

“[Patient] came out of the cell in cuffs. [Patient] became combative with [police] and was put on our stretcher,” wrote one EMT. “[Patient] was struck in the face by an officer … [Patient] spit in the face of an officer, whereupon the officer punched the [patient] in the face multiple times.”

The EMTs said the man was then “taken off the stretcher to the ground and restrained again” by the cops, and then “thrown again” onto the stretcher. The man was said to have “sustained injuries to the face and head,” the Daily News said.

“Three cops began to punch the patient in the face, EMS [had] to get in the middle of it to intervene. [Patient’s] wounds and injuries cleaned in the (ambulance),” the report continued. 

An FDNY spokesman confirmed there was a notification from the agency to the NYPD, the Daily News reported. The NYPD said the incident is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau.