Video shows aggression towards patient seeking ER treatment from hospital officer
A hospital officer has been suspended after a video surfaced showing him hitting a patient seeking treatment with his baton.
Exclusive video obtained by News 12 shows at least seven hospital officers surrounding a patient sitting in the emergency room waiting area at NYC Health and Hospitals Jacobi Medical Center Friday night.
Hospital officials say one of the officers in the video has been suspended pending review and others may face discipline as the investigation continues.
One woman who witnessed the incident said the man had been waiting patiently for at least two hours and spoke with nurses at the desk. She says an officer then approached the man demanding to know whether he was registered to be seen and allegedly hit him with a baton, forcing him to leave.
Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez says she was shocked when she watched the video and immediately called the CEO of Jacobi and the 49th Precinct to report the incident, even though these were not NYPD officers.
A source tells News 12 that officials are trying to identify and track the man in the video to see if he is in need of medical care.