CFD Clears EMT In Little Village Protest Investigation

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago Fire Department has determined that an EMT did not intend harm to protesters at the demolition site of the old Crawford power plant on the Southwest Side earlier this month. 

Protesters complained while they were blocking Pulaski Road the EMT drove aggressively towards them, trying to push through the crowd. 

Chicago Fire Department internal affairs investigators reviewed video and determined the ETM was trying to get through the crowd, but was not being aggressive.

“Internal affairs has found the allegation not sustained,” said CFD spokesman Larry Langford. 

At about the same time as that incident, a driver of a semi, who could not get through the protest, got out of his truck and knocked a woman to the street and punched a man in the face.

"We just feel so assaulted, and I think when we think of violence, I mean seeing this man get out of his truck and push a woman to the ground while her two children watched. She's only here trying to protect them so they can breathe. And then when she gets up, trying to walk away, and he tried to punch her in the face," Activist Laura Ramirez said.

The truck driver, according to the company whose logo was visible on the semi, was fired.