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MN Paramedic Files Whistleblower Lawsuit, Says He Refused Police Order to Inject Patient with Ketamine

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A federal whistleblower lawsuit alleges a police officer tried to force a paramedic to inject a patient with the powerful sedative Ketamine, but the paramedic refused.

The paramedic, Joseph Paul Baker, also told authorities that Woodbury officers and firefighters did not attend emergency medical services certification training in 2018 and 2019, although his bosses falsely signed off that they attended, according to a report in the Pioneer Press.

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Baker says in his lawsuit that he was retaliated against him for speaking out in both instances.

“There has been public outcry for many years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan areas specifically, and the country more generally about paramedics who have injected unwilling Americans with Ketamine,” Baker’s attorney, Kenneth Udoibok, wrote in the lawsuit.

Attorneys for the city of Woodbury disputed allegations in Baker’s lawsuit. They say a review of Woodbury Emergency Medical Services training records and protocols finds them in compliance, no medications were improperly administered, and Baker was never disciplined or retaliated against.

“Contrary to the allegations in the complaint, no training records were falsified, and Mr. Baker’s complaints were properly addressed,” the attorneys, Joseph E. Flynn and Vicki A. Hruby, said in a statement.

Baker is seeking damages of more than $75,000.