Miami-Dade Paramedic Tries to Chase Away Videographer From Helicopter Rescue

Discussion in 'Photography, Law & Travel' started by Carlos Miller @ PINAC, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain named Greg Smart was stupid enough to think a citizen recording with an iPad was a “combative bystander.”
    Miami photographer Taylor Hardy was far from combative Thursday, standing across the street from an open field where a helicopter was landing to airlift a stabbing victim to the hospital.
    Hardy said he was driving in the area in Southwest Miami-Dade when he saw a fire engine race by, so he went to check it out, parking his car across the street and stepping out with his iPad.
    Nobody even noticed him until after 3:15 in the video when Smart and another fire-rescue official came storming up to him, ordering him to stop recording and leave the area.
    They told him he had to leave because he was somehow intruding on “personal information.” Hardy countered by telling them it was a “public area.”
    The information wasn’t so personal that the local media didn’t write about it, reporting that a janitor had been stabbed to death in a nursing home.
    Smart kept shoving Hardy back, speaking into his radio that he was dealing with a “combative bystander.”
    Even after Hardy stepped behind some bushes, showing he was anything but combative, Smart insisted that he keep walking away.
    Smart finally relented once the copter finally took off, obviously believing he had done his duty to protect the privacy of the victim.
    But Smart was not smart enough to prevent the news helicopters from capturing a better video than Hardy ever would have done with his iPad from across the street as you can see in the video below.
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  2. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Im at work so cant listen to the audio on the video. This captain(and the underling that followed) are way out of line and at minimum charge of assault, and harassment and offical oppression could be persued (this is Miami Dade Co so doubtful they would prosecute on our there own).

    The thing that makes my skin crawl is approaching these two idiots approach this person with gloves on (Contaminated???) is bad BSI practice and disgusting. Ditch the gloves when your done with patient care bozo. If they are contaminated depending on the laws in florida could add negligent & willful exposure to blood borne pathogens. Finally saw mentions the video being a hipaa violation (its not as the person shooting video is not a "covered person") and at that distance is you cant tell much of anything. That is not unless the rotar blades blew the patient care report into this persons hands or they were inside the rotar disc.

    Personally I shoot photo and video of these type of activities all the time, and at similar distances and closer, and not alway wearing any identification and I don't have any problems. If they do ask its off hand and a simple verbal of WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy and that is the end of it. If anything they are interested in the equipment I'm using and if they could get a copy (which has turned into a couple of paid photo shoots).

    Geez whats this world coming to.
  3. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Well we got to see the video on a net nanny'd system... Verdict is Capt Smart is dumber then dog :trash:

    Hard to see but there is something (BioHazard/Body Fluid of some type) on his gloves so thats disgustingly bad BSI and a health hazard. I hope this idiot looses his job ... not demoted or parked behind a desk but terminated. His underling needs to get his (expletive deleted) handed to him with a demotion. I have to give the guy credit for keeping his cool as I dont think I wouldnt have been so nice nor had that level of restraint.
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    It looks like there's blood on his gloves. If he touched me with those I would be filing aggravated assault charges at the least. Possibly even ADW since I don't know what pathogens are in that blood.
  5. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    I'd do that and further more I'd invoke the Ryan White care act and put this idiot & his employer on the hook for the medical bills.

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