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Trooper Daniel Martin's lawyer blames media for escalating EMT confrontation coverage

RON JACKSON Modified: June 16, 2009 at 9:26 am •  Published: June 16, 2009
The alleged gesture is not seen on either video.

"I know public opinion is not with my client,” James said. "But he is not an ogre.”

James described his client as a 15-year veteran of law enforcement — two years with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol — and a decorated "American hero” who returned from Iraq in April after serving on "anti-terrorism patrol units” in the Persian Gulf for a year. He portrayed Martin as a loving husband and father who is now fearful for his life and those of his loved ones.

"My client wasn’t placed on administrative leave,” James said. "He requested the leave himself because he has received threats, and he is worried about the safety of his family.”

James said Martin got one e-mail that threatened "a drive-by shooting” of his home.

The attorney attacked White’s "aggressive” actions and said the Creek Nation EMT should have been arrested on complaints of obstruction of justice and hitting a law officer. He also pointed out that the ambulance used no lights or sirens, and questioned the urgency of the patient’s condition.

"If this was such an emergency, why, then, did Mr. White leave her in the ambulance for so long?” James said. "Trooper Martin told Mr. White several times to get back in the ambulance. Then, when he told Mr. White he was under arrest, he failed to comply. If Mr. White would have submitted to the arrest and allowed this to be settled in a court of law, we wouldn’t be here.”

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