Illinois EMTs Charged With Murdering Black Man They Strapped Face-Down On Gurney
Earl L. Moore, 35, died while in their care last month.
By Zack Linly
Another day, another instance of white public servants allegedly treating Black bodies like they’re disposable nuisances rather than humans in need of care. This time, it wasn’t the police who appeared to show callousness and indifference toward the mattering of Black lives, it was two paramedics who are now charged with their patient’s murder.
According to KWTX 10, two Springfield, Illinois, EMT workers, Peter Cadigan and Peggy Finley, have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of 35-year-old Earl L. Moore, who died while in their care last month.
Police body-camera footage shows Moore sweating profusely before rolling off the bed onto the floor. Moore’s family members had reportedly called 911 because Morre was in the midst of a hallucinatory episode while detoxing. Whatever the reason Finley and Cartigan were called to the scene, they did not behave the way medical professionals would be expected to while caring for someone who is obviously in bad shape.
Shortly after, EMS worker Peggy Finley arrived. Finley, showing signs of annoyance, can be seen pulling Moore by the arm, telling him to “get up” and “quit acting stupid.” One of the supervising officers can be heard trying to get Moore to stand up to go to the hospital. Finley’s response was “You’re going to have to walk, cause we ain’t carrying you” and “I am seriously not in the mood for this dumb s***.”