Hundreds of protesters in Memphis blocked a highway in response to killings at the hands of police officers, but a sick child in a vehicle was at one point prevented from getting to the hospital.
According to Fox 13, the child’s parents, who were not named, were on their way to the hospital when protesters gathered on the I-40 highway. Unable to get through, the parents called an ambulance to come and take their child to the hospital.
The child’s condition was not described in the report, but paramedics were able to get the child to the hospital for treatment.
“We were escorted by the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office up the wrong way on the interstate to pick up the child out of the traffic,” paramedic Bobby Harrell told WHBQ.
“When you have someone in dire need of medical attention, I don’t know if there is a cause great enough to hinder someone from getting to the hospital to get medical care,” Harrell added. “Every call is different, and you just have to do what you have to do get your patient safely and get them out of harm’s way.”
Blocking highways has been a common method of protest over the past two years for those who oppose unjust killing by police officers.
It was also a tactic used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to protest racism during the 1960s. In 1965, King led hundreds of people down Highway 80 in Alabama, two days after Alabama state troopers attacked civil rights protesters during what became known as the “Bloody Sunday” march.
“We have the right to walk the highways – we have the right to walk to Montgomery if our feet will get us there,” King said at the time, reports The New York Times. “I have no alternative but to lead a march from this spot to carry our grievances to the seat of government. I ask you to join me today as we move on.”
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