New Haven, CT-Protesters Block Ambulance with Critically Ill Patient

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A group of approximately 100 protesters blocked I-95 at the Route 34 connector around 4:25 pm on Saturday in Connecticut. The New Haven police requested assistance from CSP, and troopers responded with riot gear and pepper spray. But an ambulance containing a critically ill patient was blocked by the protesters and EMTs had to perform a medical procedure in the vehicle rather than the hospital.

“The protesters were in the process of being cleared from the highway, but not before they obstructed an ambulance carrying a critically ill patient. Due to this delay ambulance personnel were required to perform an emergency medical procedure in the ambulance instead of at the hospital.” Connecticut State Police statement

Three people were arrested, including the organizer Norman Clement, who was leading the riot/protest with a microphone and loudspeaker. All three were taken to the New Haven jail facility. reported,

State police and New Haven police eventually located and identified the leader of the protest, Norman Clement, on the corner of Church and Chapel streets in New Haven, officials said. Clement ran from law enforcement personnel through the crowd, knocking over several of his supporters, before being apprehended, state police said. Clement actively resisted arrest and was sprayed with capstun, state police said.

Clement, 66, of State Street, New Haven, was transported to Troop G, where he was fingerprinted, photographed and charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer and reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian.

Clement was released on a $5,000 bond. There is no information on the status of the victim in the ambulance.

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