Perspectives Differ Following Arrest of Baltimore City Medic

The arrest of a Baltimore City medic for assaulting a combative patient has the firefighter’s union angry as they stand behind the medic.

Medic Shaun White, 31, was charged last Friday with second degree assault following an incident that occurred on September 8, 2012. The patient, a female allegedly suffering from an overdose, was combative and had to be restrained.

Baltimore City Firefighters Local  734’s president Rick Hoffman claims he watched a video of the incident and said the arrest was uncalled for. He was quoted as saying “… maybe the level of patient care not being as good as it should be.  I’ll accept that.  An arrest, no way in hell.”

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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