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EMT hits handcuffed teen on video in front of Dunwoody cop, police say

Footage obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows an irate EMT striking a teenager she was supposed to be taking to the hospital.

The video comes from body cameras worn by Dunwoody police officers, including one who chastised the worker, Deannah Williams, for hitting the 17-year-old in the face. The boy was handcuffed behind the back.

"That is a kid, that is a child, a 17-year-old child,” Officer Kevin Lopez tells Williams.

“I don't care,” Williams says. “He spit on me."

The EMT, who worked American Medical Response before the incident this past Saturday night, says she was putting a spit guard on the young man, who was being transported for an evaluation.

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“This is your job. You do this for a living,” Lopez said. “If you don't like people spitting on you, then quit.”


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A few moments later, police arrested Williams on a battery charge. 

"No human being deserves that,” the boy’s father, who wasn’t identified, told the news station. 

American Medical Response said it couldn’t comment on the case specifically, but that the woman is no longer working for the company, which takes patient safety seriously. 

Williams is out on bond. Attempts to reach her for comment weren’t immediately successful Friday.


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