Adrianne Ledesma, 17, called 911 after her father collapsed in her kitchen and had a seizure. The seizure happened three weeks after he was hospitalized and had brain surgery, WXYZ reported.
Ledesma didn’t get an answer on the first try, so she called again. Panicked, she said “What the hell” as the phone rang – unaware that Sgt. Just then Robert McFarland answered.
The teenager asked McFarland for an ambulance, but he responded by criticizing her language, according to a transcript of the call via Lybio.
“Well, first of all, don’t swear at 911 and slow down,” he said.
“Okay, send me an ambulance!” Ledesma replied.
Ledesma said she was scared her father was going to die, but she didn’t get a chance to explain during the call because the officer hung up after she cursed, according to WXYZ.
“Will you give me an ambulance?” she asked the officer after calling back, according to the protocol.
“Are you going to curse again, you stupid…?” McFarland answered.
‘Are we going to have a… problem?’ said Ledesma.
“No! You won’t get one!” McFarland replied, probably referring to an ambulance.
After several attempts to have an ambulance sent to her home, McFarland eventually referred the call to the fire department.
“I kept getting 911 calls from this filthy girl who wanted to be rescued,” he said as he transferred the call. “I never found out what it was and I could never transfer it to you.”
McFarland said the same thing when he dispatched a squad car to her home.
Unaware that McFarland was dispatching a patrol vehicle, Ledesma rushed to the police station for help. Her brother stayed by her father’s side while they waited for help.
When she arrived at headquarters, McFarland saw her coming and confronted her using her language.
“Are you the girl with the foul mouth?” he asked.
McFarland went on to arrest Ledesma for disorderly conduct and 911 abuse, a charge that does not exist.
The officer refused to comment on the incident when confronted with WXYZ. He was eventually suspended for two weeks without pay and sentenced to additional training.
The Lincoln Park Police Chief said the incident was “not the station’s finest moment.”
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