An 8-day-old infant was inadvertently locked in a car on the way out of the pediatrician’s office. The firefighters couldn’t get the door unlocked, so the doctor, Stacey Williams, got a hammer from her office to break the car window and free the baby, even though this wasn’t quite the way the firefighters preferred to deal with the situation. Enter Metro cop and brave hero, Michael Pyle.
The suit alleged the firefighters who responded to the emergency call refused to break the car window and instead called a locksmith.
The temperature on that May 2012 afternoon was more than 80 degrees.
Williams went into her office and came out with a hammer, then started tapping on the car’s front passenger window.
The infant’s mother begged for the firefighters to break the car window, to save her baby’s life. Maybe the firefighters had rules, because they didn’t want to be responsible for the cost of repairing a window? The value of an infant’s life didn’t concern them too much.
Officer Pyle pulled Dr. Williams away from the vehicle and down the sidewalk in a forcible and excessive manner as employees at the scene tried to explain that Dr. Williams was the baby’s physician.
“Plaintiff Williams was physically slammed to the pavement by defendant Pyle, causing and or aggravating injuries to her head, left hip and shoulder, left hand and wrist and left knee,” the lawsuit states. “Defendant Pyle also placed handcuffs on plaintiff Williams that were too tight and in such a manner that caused additional physical injury, including a separated right shoulder. “
But Pyle, after realizing that he was the biggest asshole in all of Nashville, recognized the error his ways? Not quite.
She was held in a police car at the scene for more than an hour then cited and released. The charges were later dropped.
Firefighters eventually broke the car window, because not doing so and waiting until a locksmith arrived was totally idiotic and likely to kill the infant. The baby survived. Dr. Williams sued Pyle and settled for $99,000. And Pyle doesn’t have to spend the rest of his life thinking about the fact that his mind-boggling stupidity, self-importance and arrogance cost an 8-day-old infant’s life.
H/T Mike Paar