Charges have been dropped against an EMT who refused to help a dying pregnant woman – because she was on her coffee break!
Eutisha Rennix was six months pregnant at the time and ended up dying.
Jackson was arrested and charged with the “Flag Down Rule” which requires EMTs to treat someone if they are in uniform and called upon to do so. The chief of New York’s Emergency Medical Services supported her being prosecuted, but then suddenly flip-flopped, telling prosecutors that the “Flag Down Rule” does not apply to dispatchers because even though they are fully trained EMTs, they aren’t assigned to an ambulance, and therefore are not required to help someone when they are flagged down.
After the charges were dropped, Jackson spoke out, refusing to apologize. She said, “Apologize for what exactly?! […] I had no type of equipment to render any care because I work inside of a dispatch center behind a computer.”
The other EMT, James Green, died in 2010 during an argument outside a nightclub.