NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A union representing Emergency Medical Technicians in New York City showed up in force to support a colleague who was allegedly attacked by a Brooklyn prosecutor.
EMT colleagues came out in staunch support Tuesday of Teresa Soler, 46, who said Brooklyn assistant District Attorney Michael Jaccarino, 30, pummeled her in the back of an ambulance when he was picked by police for allegedly walking drunk on the roadway and into oncoming traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge.
“You know when the cops got there, they took pictures because you could see his fingerprints on my neck,” Soler told 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa. “I thought he was gonna kill me. He was intoxicated, he unusually pushed me down on the stretcher and he had his forearm on my neck and he had he pinned with his knee on my stomach.”
Jaccarino made a court appearance on Tuesday in connection with the alleged incident back in November.
Soler’s EMT colleagues said they want to make sure Jaccarino doesn’t simply get a slap on the wrist because he is a prosecutor.
Soler also said she was humbled by the support of her EMT colleagues, saying the support wasn’t just for her but for “all of us that have gotten assaulted.”
A union spokesman said they don’t want members to be punching bags for people in distress.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office said the case is still under investigation.
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