According to Connecticut state police and various media, about 200 people were protesting against President Trump’s recent executive order concerning immigration from seven mostly-Muslim countries on February 4. The group blocked an ambulance from reaching a local hospital with a critically ill patient, forcing paramedics to perform an emergency medical procedure themselves in order to save a life.
State police released a statement saying, “Due to this delay ambulance personnel were required to perform an emergency medical procedure in the ambulance instead of at the hospital.”
State police arrested protest leader Norman Clement in New Haven, but not before he tried to escape from the crowd he had organized. Clement allegedly pushed his way through the protesters and knocking some of them down in an effort to evade police before he was finally apprehended.
Following the incident, state police issued a statement, saying “The Connecticut State Police would like to remind the public that protests blocking any highway or roadway is not only a crime, but dangerous and will NOT be tolerated. All laws will be strictly enforced.”
Groups such as Black Lives Matter have blocked highways in order to draw attention to their causes, even while they brought about snarls of traffic.
Clement, 66, of New Haven, which is home to Yale University, was detained and taken to the headquarters of state police Troop G, where he was booked and charged with inciting a riot, disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer, and reckless use of the highway by a pedestrian. He was released, however, on a $5,000 bond and will before the New Haven Superior Court on Feb. 13.