The crowds forced paramedics to wait nearly half an hour to reach a man who suffered a heart attack. Alvin Henry Jones Jr. later died due to the delay of emergency services.
SFGate reported, via Free Republic:
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Paramedics took nearly a half hour to reach a stricken 62-year-old man, who later died, because they were told to wait for a police escort as a result of a protest over police brutality in downtown Berkeley, city records show.
It would have taken just a couple of minutes for Berkeley firefighters to drive from Station No. 2 on Berkeley Way to Alvin Henry Jones Jr., who had collapsed near an elevator at an apartment complex at 2175 Kittredge St. on the evening of Dec. 7.
But hundreds of people had gathered downtown to protest against police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York.
Berkeley firefighters, following protocol, were instructed not to go directly to the scene. Instead, they were required to stay at the fire station and wait for police to accompany them, according to Fire Department records first released to the Berkeleyside website through a state Public Records Act request.