Rescue Workers Plan Rally for EMT Allegedly Attacked By Brooklyn Prosecutor

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The union representing emergency workers rallied  its members to turn out in force to support a female EMT who was allegedly  attacked by a Brooklyn assistant district attorney, saying prosecutors are  planning to go easy on the defendant.

Assistant District Attorney Michael  Jaccarino, 30, was arrested in November after being accused of choking and  punching 46-year-old EMT Teresa Soler as she attempted to bring Jaccarino to  the hospital. He’s due back in Manhattan court Tuesday, prompting the union to  call on its members to turn out in force.

“It is time to step up and support your sisters and brothers who have been  assaulted while doing their job,” the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Fire  Inspectors FDNY Local 2507 Vice President Joseph Conzo wrote in a memo to  members.

Michael Jaccarino, a Brooklyn assistant district attorney, leaves his arraignment on November 10, 2012, after allegedly choking and attacking a paramedic.

“On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, our sister who was viciously attacked by a  Brooklyn District Attorney will be in court to seek justice. It is said that the  Manhattan D.A. office will not present this case to a Grand Jury and that he  will plea bargain. Members should be outraged…”

According to police, an apparently intoxicated Jaccarino was crossing the  Brooklyn Bridge on foot early on the morning of Nov. 10 when Soler’s ambulance  picked him up to take him to Beth Israel Medical Center. Cops said that  Jaccarino began unstrapping the belt securing him to a stretcher, choked Soler  and struck her in the face.

Jaccarino was suspended by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

The union’s president, Israel Miranda, told New York that a  distraught Soler recently called him, saying the Manhattan DA would not present  the case to the grand jury because prosecutors did not believe that Jaccarino  had any intent to harm her. He said Soler was told Jaccarino would likely get  some kind of plea deal.

“She was very disturbed by that, and rightfully so,” Miranda said. “This is a  person who takes an oath to represent the law and they should be held to a  higher standard than that.”

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which is handling the case,  declined to comment.

Miranda said the punch left Soler not only with black eyes and neck pain but  also with psychological scars that still linger.

“She recently returned to work and on her second or third job in, she had an  alcoholic patient,” he said. “She had a reaction — she was really freaking out  inside and called me crying.”

The union memo urged members to show up at Manhattan Criminal Court’s Part F  at 9:30 a.m.

“In numbers, we send a message that this is not acceptable.”

Source: DNA Info

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