You’d think the high-profile incident in Dallas a couple of weeks ago would have registered a little better than this.
Dr. Ziworitin says he was rushing to UMC early Monday morning when an officer pulled him over near Rancho and Alta, “I may have briefly made a stop, and right there pulled my ID card which boldly says UMC and I said, ‘I am a physician going to the hospital.'”
Dr. Ziworitin says he then continued a few blocks to UMC, driving into a secure doctors’ parking lot which requires a badge to enter. The officer followed him in.
“The officer stepped out of his car and told me to stop and freeze. I explained, ‘Officer, I am sorry. I don’t want to be rude. I am a physician, there is an emergency, and I have to go.'”
Dr. Ziworitin says what happened next was shocking, “The officer proceeded to pull out his gun, point it at my face, and told me to lay face down on the ground, which I did. At this point, my ID card dropped on the floor and I remember him stepping on me, probably putting his knee on my back, and then cuffed me.”
Still cuffed, Dr. Ziworitin says he was put up against the police car as the officer called UMC to verify his employment, “Immediately after that call he proceeded to uncuff me and I ran upstairs to go take care of the emergency.”
Dr. Ziworitin says he delivered a baby and later called Metro’s Internal Affairs Division.
Even if the cop doubted this guy was a doctor, the cuffs, gunpoint, and a boot in the back all seem more than a little excessive, no?