Saturday, March 4, 2006


Police chief denied gay man CPR

`A small-town police chief was accused in a federal lawsuit Thursday of stopping a would-be rescuer from performing CPR on a gay heart attack victim because he assumed the ailing man had HIV and posed a health risk. [..]

The lawsuit accuses Bowman of pulling off Greenís friend Billy Snead as Snead was performing chest compressions on the man. Snead was a passenger in Greenís pickup truck when Green collapsed; Snead had managed to pull over the vehicle.

Snead said in an interview that he didnít realize at first it was Bowman giving the order and continued working on his friend. Bowman repeated his command to get away, saying that Green was HIV positive, then grabbed Snead by the shoulders and told him to sit on the curb, Snead said.’

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