EMT Says He Was Arrested For Restraining Patient In Ambulance

Los Angeles EMT Roryce Dirden was released from jail after the LAPD reviewed the sergeant's bodycam footage.

Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles County emergency medical technician (EMT) said that a Los Angeles police sergeant had him arrested for assault after he had to subdue a woman who had unstrapped herself from a gurney in the back of a moving ambulance.

The incident occurred on Aug. 22, as Los Angeles County EMT Roryce Dirden was in the back of an ambulance with a female patient and an unnamed female Los Angeles police sergeant, KTTV reported.

The patient had reportedly experienced a seizure, and had also possibly been sexually assaulted.

“What I did is, I laid her down flat and I tightened up her safety belt due to her flailing body nature,” Dirden told KTTV. “I needed to tighten her down in a moving ambulance.”

Dirden said the woman was autistic, which created a “communication barrier” that further complicated the situation.

“She wasn’t really responding to what I was saying,” he explained.

At some point during the trip to the hospital, the patient managed to free herself from the safety restraints.

“There was a huge concern – once she’s off the gurney, I can’t dictate her behavior,” the EMT explained. “A person is very capable of opening the door ambulance and jumping out.”

Dirden pulled the woman back onto the gurney, at which point the police sergeant accused him of assaulting the patient, he said.

“By me physically restraining her – just doing my job,” the EMT explained. “It was a necessity because the patient was becoming a [possible] injury to herself.”

The sergeant called for other officers to respond, and Dirden was subsequently arrested.

The EMT said that the sergeant’s bodycam footage proved he did nothing wrong, and that he was ultimately released from custody, KTTV reported.

“They reviewed her bodycam and the footage was conclusive,” Dirden told the news outlet. “I was acting within the parameters of my job and making decisions that I had to make. She assumed these actions to be wrong and she made her move.”

Dirden said that the incident was a “traumatic life experience” for him, but that he wants the “world to learn from this situation,” KTTV reported.

“I feared for my life,” he said. “I was completely powerless in this situation. They didn’t acknowledge my EMT identity, they didn’t acknowledge my uniform.”

“We need to improve relations between cultures, between agencies between EMTs and law enforcement,” he added.

The Los Angeles Police Department refused to comment on the incident, and said it was a “personnel matter,” KTTV reported.

Comments (31)
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Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

OK, this is extremely bad. The "Sargent" was way out of line. This was a retard fest. What the hell are the requirements for becoming a "Sargent" with this agency, some kind of cooking class and homage to a little red book? The idea that such a stupid and blind person could become an Officer, let alone a Sargent, is extremely disturbing. Tell me how I'm wrong on this; change my mind; start the conversation. Frankly, I think that "Sargent" was a complete total retard. BTW, don't tell me not to use the word "retard." That won't get us off on a good foot, for all you snowflakes out there, as well as all you overweight waddling academics that support that bullshit. Fuck you and your fat non-working asses too.
I digress. On the basis of this report, it looks like the LEO was wrong; what are we missing?

Grog
Grog

That Sergeant needs some retraining!

CWS FAN
CWS FAN

The EMT can easily find an ambulance chaser and file suit against LAPD/City of Los Angeles for damages. They will settle.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Past LEO plus EMT-P so I find this especially disturbing. Why was the Sergeant in the back in the first place...possibly to restrain the patient. Did the Sergeant even question the EMS worker about his actions? The Sergeant called for back up???? Was she a desk jockey with no street experience at all? No where did it say the EMT resisted. Sergeant needs retrained and reassigned where she won't cost LA a court settlement like she will on this one.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I hope this sergeant finds another occupation, real soon.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Well, it IS California and now the Police have gone as Crazy as the people that run that state. The Sgt. needs to be demoted and put on Foot Patrol

RunCop
RunCop

LAPD...female sergeant....my guess she a man-hating member of the alphabet group

Gramercy
Gramercy

Exactly..."just doing my job." For crying out loud..let the EMT DO what he/she is trained to do!

bryantrent
bryantrent

Oh please

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

RunCop has most accurate take on Commiefornia.

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

I'd have to see the footage but I can't imagine there not being more to this story!

T00R
T00R

Sorry folks, I don't believe retraining will fix that. Power hungry has no place in law enforcement. Not sure how she got past the psych test, let alone the Sgt exam.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Hope he sues the Sgt. and the city. He will win!

45Kimberpro
45Kimberpro

That sergeant needs to be demoted as she clearly has 1)poor decision making skills...2) She clearly has no analytical ability...and 3) inability to recognise the subject-matter expert...Every Pt in your rig gets strapped in, every one! It would have been his A$$ if she was hurt being thrown around in the back while under his care....

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I hope he sues both the sgt and the department and is awarded millions in compensatory and punitive damages. This was grossly inappropriate actions by both the Sgt and the officers who arrested the EMT

Manasseh73
Manasseh73

You could be flipping hamburger's at mikyDs and know what was happening. Doesn't make as a sergeant or a burger flipper at my bar b q! !

investigator
investigator

EVERY Ĉop, EMT, Firefighter in LA should call in sick for two weeks!!!!!!

Watcher 1
Watcher 1

The SGT was derelict in her duties. Probably wasn't her first rodeo.

navajowinds99
navajowinds99

Sad that the LAPD won't intervene and correct the sergeant on her blatant error. But it's sure they will once a false arrest lawsuit gets their attention and they're named in the complaint. Yes then it gets personal for all parties involved. She put this man's employment and reputation in serious question along with his liberty and future. If not for the body cam he'll still be in jail and his life ruined based on her word. A lawsuit would be the order and knock this woman off her ladder.

CopperheadCSA
CopperheadCSA

I remember getting ejected from the back of a medic unit by a guy not strapped down because he was unconscious. Well Mr Crackhead woke up, grabbed me by the face, and proceeded to throw me head first through the closed side door of the medic unit. Luckily I had my helmet on. Strap 'em down, conscious or not.

Gadgets3
Gadgets3

Ok let's break this article & the retorted failings down. The EMT is responsible for every patient in their rig. The police Sgt was probably in the rig due to the incident of possible sexual assault to keep a chain of custody? So now that those issues are addressed, the Sgt may have felt there was a crime committed but in this circumstance, had she been a good cop she would've consulted her superiors or the District Attorney to see if charges should be filed instead of putting a professional in jail even for a short period of time. The Sgt obviously knows very little about EMS procedures & made an assumption that would cost her some form of punishment. She could've even held the EMT at that station while she had others review the body cam footage to ensure there was a crime that jail would be appropriate for. To call anybody a retard or a man hated only serves to make the person making those comments look unprofessional & worse yet immature. This incident can be debated without lowering yourself to name calling without any supporting facts. I'm no snowflake but I do have a problem throwing out the retard card as it is insulting to those with mental illness/disabilities. To basically suggest the Sgt is some sort of of man hated because she made a poor judgement against the EMT is also unprofessional & immature. Both of which only serve to help the cop haters out there have some ammo to try to justify their view. Come on police, don't bring extra shut down on your profession, there's enough without your help.

61mouse
61mouse

Sounds like she should be demoted

SDCreamer
SDCreamer

Its Sergeant first off.....