2 emergency medical service workers charged with murder after man in their care dies: police


According to the Springfield Police Department, two emergency medical services workers in Illinois face first-degree murder charges after a patient in their care died last month.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney Dan Wright charged Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan with the death of an Illinois man on Dec. 18, 2022, according to criminal complaints.

EMS workers were responding to a call for help from a patient “suffering from hallucinations due to alcohol withdrawal,” the Springfield Police Department said in a statement.

Finley can be heard yelling at the man, who identified himself as Earl Moore, to sit down and ‘stop acting stupid’ in the newly released body camera video.

The video also shows Finley telling Moore, 35, “We’re not carrying you” and “I’m really not in the mood for this stupid [stuff]’, using an expletive in his remark, before finally strapping the patient to a stretcher ‘in a prone position,’ the police department said.

According to a Springfield police news release, officers attempted to provide care to Moore after EMS workers “acted with indifference to the patient’s condition.”

A representative for LifeStar Ambulance Service, Inc., which employs Finley and Cadigan, told ABC News “no comment” regarding the ongoing investigation.

Screen capture from video of an officer showing paramedics loading Earl Moore into an ambulance on December 18, 2022 in Springfield, Illinois, shared by Sangamon County Government.

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Bodycam footage also shows officers trying to help Moore out of the house and onto the stretcher.

“Officers took steps to assist the patient, get him the care he needed, even waiting at the scene to ensure medical personnel loaded the patient into the ambulance,” Springfield police said. in a press release. “The officers, who are not emergency medical professionals, are neither trained nor equipped to provide necessary medical care or to transport patients in this type of situation.”

According to the Springfield Police Department, Moore died after arriving at the hospital.

Teresa Haley, president of the Springfield branch of the NAACP, said at a press conference held by Wright on Tuesday that watching the video made her think of George Floyd, the black man from Minneapolis who was murdered. by former police officer Derek Chauvin during a May 2020 arrest.

“They literally threw his hands behind him and tied him up. He couldn’t move if he wanted to and he’s face down,” Haley said. “They showed no compassion to this individual. He should be alive today.”

According to court documents, Finely and Cadigan are being held in the Sangamon County Jail on million dollar bonds.

Finley and Cadigan had no attorneys listed for ABC News to contact.

ABC News’ Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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