UPDATE: 2 Howard Univ. Hospital Security Officers, 1 Supervisor Fired Over Patient Dumping Incident
Video of the incident involving a patient and three security officers was taken by an onlooker.
UPDATE: May 31: Two Howard University security officers and their supervisor have been fired as a result of this incident, reports WJLA. CS orginally reported on this story on May 19. The Washington Post is reporting that the female patient was “agitated” and refused treatement when she was admitted to the hospital. Gabriel Adegoke, president of the Metropolitan Campus Police Officers Union, says the security personnel involved had no other choice but to take the woman out to the street and that, “This is something that just got out of hand.”
A possible hospital patient dumping incident by three campus security officers is being investigated by Howard University.
The incident, which was captured on video taken by a bystander, appears to show the officers dumping a woman in a wheelchair onto a sidewalk outside of Howard University Hospital and then walk away.
According to WJLA, the video shows her feet “almost sticking straight up as the guards move her down the sidewalk.” When they stopped, the patient fell out of the wheelchair. One of the officers then tossed a cosmetics bag on the ground near her, and then all three officers walk away. The woman then stayed on the sidewalk, motionless, and no one tried to help her. One of the guards claimed to onlookers that the woman “threw herself on the ground.”
A little later local fire and EMS came to the scene, but the woman refused assistance. The incident happened several weeks ago.
A Howard spokewoman says the incident is being investigated and the officers have been put on leave, reports the Washington Post.
Neither the identities of the officers or patient have been released by Howard University Hospital.
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