Two EMS workers in Illinois are facing first-degree murder charges after a patient died in their care last month, according to the Springfield Police Department.
According to criminal complaints, Dan Wright, the State’s Attorney for Sangamon County, has charged Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan with the death of an Illinois man on December 18, 2022.
The EMS personnel were responding to a call for help with a patient who was “suffering from hallucinations due to alcohol withdrawal,” according to a statement from the Springfield Police Department.
Finley can be heard yelling at the man, who identified himself as Earl Moore, to sit up and to “quit acting stupid” in the newly released bodycam video.
The video also shows Finley telling Moore, 35, “We ain’t carrying you” and “I am seriously not in the mood for this dumb [stuff],” using an expletive in his remark, before strapping the patient to a stretcher “in a prone position,” according to the police department.
According to a press release from Springfield police, officers attempted to provide Moore with care after EMS workers “acted indifferently to the patient’s condition.”
A representative for LifeStar Ambulance Service, Inc., which employs Finley and Cadigan, told ABC News there would be “no comment” on the ongoing investigation.
Bodycam footage additionally shows police officers attempting to help Moore out of the house and onto the stretcher.
“The officers took steps to assist the patient, to get him the care he needed, even waiting on the scene to ensure the medical personnel loaded the patient into the ambulance,” Springfield police said in a press release. “The officers, who are not emergency medical professionals, are not trained nor equipped to provide the necessary medical treatment or to transport patients in this type of situation.”
Moore died shortly after arriving at the hospital, according to the Springfield Police Department.
Teresa Haley, president of the NAACP’s Springfield branch, said at a press conference held by Wright on Tuesday that watching the video reminded her of George Floyd, a Black Minneapolis man killed by former police officer Derek Chauvin during a May 2020 arrest.
“They threw his hands behind him and strapped him down. He couldn’t move even if he tried, and he’s face down “Haley stated. “They did not show any compassion to this individual. He should be alive right now.”
Finely and Cadigan are being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $1 million bonds, according to court documents.