The union representing emergency workers ralliedÂ its members to turn out in force to support a female EMT who was allegedlyÂ attacked by a Brooklyn assistant district attorney, saying prosecutors areÂ planning to go easy on the defendant.
Assistant District Attorney MichaelÂ Jaccarino, 30, was arrested in November after being accused of choking andÂ punching 46-year-old EMT Teresa Soler as she attempted to bring Jaccarino toÂ the hospital. He’s due back in Manhattan court Tuesday, prompting the union toÂ call on its members to turn out in force.
“It is time to step up and support your sisters and brothers who have beenÂ assaulted while doing their job,” the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & FireÂ Inspectors FDNY Local 2507 Vice President Joseph Conzo wrote in a memo toÂ members.
“On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, our sister who was viciously attacked by aÂ Brooklyn District Attorney will be in court to seek justice. It is said that theÂ Manhattan D.A. office will not present this case to a Grand Jury and that heÂ will plea bargain. Members should be outraged…”
According to police, an apparently intoxicated Jaccarino was crossing theÂ Brooklyn Bridge on foot early on the morning of Nov. 10 when Soler’s ambulanceÂ picked him up to take him to Beth Israel Medical Center. Cops said thatÂ Jaccarino began unstrapping the belt securing him to a stretcher, choked SolerÂ and struck her in the face.
Jaccarino was suspended by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.
The union’s president, Israel Miranda, told DNAinfo.com New York that aÂ distraught Soler recently called him, saying the Manhattan DA would not presentÂ the case to the grand jury because prosecutors did not believe that JaccarinoÂ had any intent to harm her. He said Soler was told Jaccarino would likely getÂ some kind of plea deal.
“She was very disturbed by that, and rightfully so,” Miranda said. “This is aÂ person who takes an oath to represent the law and they should be held to aÂ higher standard than that.”
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which is handling the case,Â declined to comment.
Miranda said the punch left Soler not only with black eyes and neck pain butÂ also with psychological scars that still linger.
“She recently returned to work and on her second or third job in, she had anÂ alcoholic patient,” he said. “She had a reaction – she was really freaking outÂ inside and called me crying.”
The union memo urged members to show up at Manhattan Criminal Court’s Part FÂ at 9:30 a.m.
“In numbers, we send a message that this is not acceptable.”
Source: DNA Info