By Joseph Ax
NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen emergency
medical technicians showed up at Manhattan Criminal Court on
Tuesday, calling for an aggressive prosecution against a
Brooklyn assistant district attorney accused of attacking one of
Michael Jaccarino was arrested Nov. 10 and charged with
choking EMT Teresa Soler in an ambulance as he was being
transported to the hospital following police reports that he was
Jaccarino's lawyer, James Koenig, left the courthouse with
his client quickly, as EMTs shouted at Jaccarino. Koenig was not
immediately able to be reached for comment.
Manhattan prosecutors said during a brief court appearance
on Tuesday that a grand jury indictment has not been filed.
Assistant District Attorney Sherita Walton said prosecutors
needed a little more time to finalize what has been a "very
detailed and lengthy investigation."
Jaccarino is due back in court on March 18 for a possible
grand jury indictment.
But the EMTs who attended the hearing, including Soler, said
they were concerned Jaccarino would get away with a misdemeanor
"An assault on one of us is an assault on all of us," said
Oren Barzilay, a union official. "Nobody is above the law."
Soler said after the hearing that she frequently relives the
alleged assault and had trouble returning to her daily work
routine following the incident.
"He's supposed to prosecute victims, not victimize," said
Soler, who suffered a black eye, scratches and bruising,
according to the criminal complaint. She said he flashed his
prosecutor badge upon getting into the ambulance and was
attempting to jump out of the moving ambulance when he attacked
Jaccarino has been suspended from his job.
The case is People v. Jaccarino, Criminal Court of the City
of New York, New York County, No. 2012NY085905.
For the prosecution: Assistant District Attorney Sherita
For Jaccarino: James Koenig of Pollard & Koenig.
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