Two paramedics were charged with murder after body camera footage showed them putting a patient prone on a stretcher an hour before they were pronounced dead at a hospital near Springfield. Illinois.
Peter Caddigan, 50, and Peggy Finley, 44, both LifeStar employees, were charged with first-degree murder following the December 18 death of Earl J. Moore Jr. he was 35 years old.
Sangamon County Attorney Dan Wright told a news conference Tuesday that Moore was not only lying on his back, but had straps on his back and legs.
Springfield authorities said police were called to Moore’s home in the Pillsbury area around 2 a.m. after receiving a call about people with guns inside an apartment in the building.
After they arrived, authorities encountered Moore, who was experiencing hallucinations caused by alcohol withdrawal. statement said the Springfield Police Department. An ambulance was called and arrived a few minutes later.
Earl Moore Jr. on his sister’s Facebook page
It was Moore who called the police. When the police arrived, a woman let them into the house. She told police, “No one here has a gun.” The woman also said Moore was suffering from alcohol withdrawal and she hadn’t had a drink in days, she said. .
In body camera footage, a woman can be seen bringing police to the back bedroom where Moore is lying.
A woman says: “He called you guys for no reason.”
She also said, “He sees things that aren’t there and hears voices in his head.
A policeman told Moore, “She’s worried about you. She said you were in a bit of pain. Moore finally spoke for the first time. ‘I can use water.’
50-year-old Peter Caddigan, shown here, is being held on a $1 million bond at the Sangamon County Jail.
Peggy Finley, 44, can be heard slamming Moore multiple times in body cam footage
Police were called to a Pillsbury area address around 2 a.m. on Dec. 18 after receiving a call about people with guns in apartments in the building, according to Springfield police.
The woman who answered the door to the responding officer said Moore hadn’t drunk in days
A few minutes later an ambulance arrives. Finley enters the apartment.
She then tells Moore, “I’m not playing with you tonight. Sit down,” and later, “Stop pretending to be stupid.” She continues: “We’re not carrying you, so you’ll have to walk! I’m seriously not in the mood for this silly piece of shit.”
Then the police called out.
State Attorney Dan Wright said police were the ones who took Moore off the stretcher.
Once outside, paramedics began putting Moore on a stretcher, the video shows. From there, he is wheeled towards and put inside an ambulance. The video ends shortly thereafter.
Authorities said Moore was pronounced dead about an hour later at the hospital.
A woman at the door said Moore was “seeing things that weren’t there and hearing voices in his head”
His cause of death was described as “compressive and positional asphyxiation from restraint prone to prone prone position in an ambulance bed/stretcher with straps across the back and lower body in a setting of lethargy and underlying chronic alcoholism.” It was,” Sangamon County Coroner Jim Allmon said. at a press conference on Tuesday.
Moore’s death was investigated by the Illinois State Police.
It was their findings that led to the indictment against Cadigan and Finley. The two were taken into custody on January 9th. Both are being held at the Sangamon County Jail on $1 million bail each.
Prison records show Cadigan is being held in the prison’s medical facility.
The pair face 60 years in prison if convicted.
At a press conference, Wright said Caddigan and Finley “acted without legal jurisdiction” and accused Moore of putting “harsh restraints” on them.
He added that, thanks to the pair’s training, they should have known that “such conduct would create a considerable possibility of serious bodily harm or death.”
The pair’s attorney, D. Peter Wise, said. Washington Post: “These are two good guys involved in a very strange criminal case.”
Meanwhile, Teresa Haley, head of the NAACP’s Springfield chapter, compared Moore’s death to the killing of George Floyd by police officers in 2020.
in an interview with Illinois Times, Haley said: It was hostile to watch the video and how they treated him when this guy was already… having trouble breathing and was placed prone on a stretcher.
She continued: “They literally threw his hands behind him and just tied him up. He couldn’t move when he wanted to.”
According to his obituary, Moore’s funeral was held in Springfield on December 29.
According to the obituary, the victim worked as a manager at McDonald’s for 18 years. “He enjoyed fishing and loved helping people whenever he could.”
His sister wrote on Facebook following the announcement of the charges against Cadigan and Finley:
She continued, “Earl Moore was kind, caring, hilarious, and had a charming smile. He definitely didn’t deserve it. They all had roles.” But they all failed my brother, and I hope the justice system doesn’t let him down either.
Moore’s cousin Darris Cole wrote in a Facebook post, “Praying for justice for my family. Remember God is in control. Relatives described Moore as ‘sweet and sweet. Loving” and was “one of the greatest men”. She concluded:
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