- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - Two Washington EMT workers have been placed on unpaid leave pending an investigation into derogatory comments about Native Americans they allegedly posted on social media.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports American Medical Response, which responds to emergency medical calls throughout Yakima County, including the Yakama reservation, issued a statement saying it placed the two men on leave Tuesday, immediately after learning about the comments.

The comments were made in reference to a photo on Facebook of a Native American teen wearing a T-shirt featuring an upside-down American flag with the wording “No one is illegal on stolen land.”

One of the comments allegedly from one of the private ambulance company’s employee said: “For God’s sakes, it’s not stolen, you were conquered. We will finish the job.”

American Medical Response says the comments do not reflect the attitude of the agency.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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