WTF America: 2019 Edition.
A group of nurses in Centreville, Illinois, bonded together to bail Darius Hinkle out of jail after Hinkle was reportedly arrested for “breaking traffic laws while rushing his 1-year-old to the hospital.”
Hinkle, who does not have a valid drivers’ license and who was speeding because his 1-year-old was choking on a penny, says that by the time he arrived at the hospital, several different police officers were tailing him.
Watch news coverage here.
"Darius Hinkle said the nurses who helped him work at Touchette Regional Hospital… https://t.co/P1hYOb5hph
— Ebony Ambrose (@EboAmbro) April 5, 2019
“The first thing in my mind was get her to the hospital,” Darius Hinkle said. https://t.co/aufVRez3Eo
— WAFB (@WAFB) April 7, 2019
Darius Hinkle was taken into custody for speeding to the hospital while trying to save his one-year-old daughter’s life.https://t.co/yfga6CQbT3
— BET News (@BETNews) April 6, 2019
His daughter’s mother, Donecia Pittman, recounted:
“I told them [the police] multiple times that she [my baby] was choking.”
“They were just concerned with the fact that we were speeding.”
But nurses from the local hospital chipped in money to bond Hinkle out of jail. Pittman found out when she arrived to bail Hinkle out and saw some women she didn’t know bailing him out.
According to Pittman:
“She said ‘I’m the nurse from Touchette hospital’.”
#Nurses post bond for father #Arrested over #TrafficViolations while rushing daughter to #ER#DariusHinkle told #KTVI that he sped to #TouchetteRegionalHospital in #CentrevilleIL. on Thursday evening after his 1-year-old daughter began #Choking on a penny.https://t.co/TPeql6Zwil
— R.C. Jackson (@RCJackson0045) April 6, 2019
~Jojo Joseph A Camp CENTREVILLE, Ill. – A group of nurses bonded an Illinois father out of jail after he broke several traffic laws while rushing his daughter to the hospital, KTVI reports. Darius Hinkle said the nurses who helped him work at Touchette R… https://t.co/ETVGPJBRUK pic.twitter.com/FMNwWHywsL
— Joseph A. Camp (@CampJosephA) April 6, 2019
— Robert Mcmillian (@blackpower350) April 7, 2019
#video of Darius Hinkle Got Locked Up For Saving His Daughter Life!!! https://t.co/snlAFM8Mjc via @YouTube #dariushinkle #SaturdayMorning #thoughts when ur baby is chocking ur not thinking about anything else then saving ur child life. #period
— Miss.G1994 (@Miss_G1994) April 6, 2019
shout out to these nurses. https://t.co/PzD29XzMez
— GREY PANTS (@GREYBOX1000) April 6, 2019
“I can’t thank them enough,” said both Pittman and Hinkle.
“They [were] there for us.”
Nurses pay bond of dad arrested while rushing daughter to hospital
— The Fugly Frog (@TheFuglyFrog) April 6, 2019
People are questioning the police’s judgement in this case…
Today in "things that would not get you arrested if you were white" https://t.co/BXni1EOweK
— Corey S. Davis (@coreysdavis) April 6, 2019
Wow! How can the cops arrest the guy for this knowing WHY he was speeding?!?! I get it he broke the law but come on!!
— Todd Onohan (@toddieonohan) April 6, 2019
Aww: Nurses Bail Out Illinois Dad Who Was Arrested For Traffic Violations After Rushing His Daughter To The Hospital
— freaky friday (@freakyradioshow) April 7, 2019
And so did the cops who pulled him over save the baby’s life by administering first aide/CPR like they’re TRAINED to do as first responders??!! And if not did they get fired?
— My P-wordisPassword (@bigbabygravycab) April 6, 2019
Why the hell was he arrested in the first place?? Come on cops. Be better.
— A Box Of Rocks Hooked On Fruit Punch (@BoxOfRocks6) April 6, 2019
…and if their decision to arrest him in the wake of the extreme circumstances was a good choice.
He was arrested even after they were told his daughter was choking.
Officers would’ve done the same thing for our own child or an officer in distress.
Yes, he didn’t have a license, but not all infractions need to end in arrest.
The nurses are angels.https://t.co/tvQsfUsQu3
— Ethical Society of Police (@ESOP_STL) April 6, 2019
Oh boy I am just so proud of living in the ignorant state of Indiana. This is the kind of CRAP that give cops a bad reputation.
— Vickie Dillon (@vldracer14) April 5, 2019
— Clack-A-Lack (@OldBoneSpurs) April 5, 2019
Problem with police they do not have any desire whatsoever to hear your story or to be impartial they are like the Nazis doing their job. And that’s too bad because sometimes there are extenuating circumstances. Especially if there’s no drugs or alcohol involved.
— EricSteeleLive (@EricSteeleLive) April 5, 2019
Why was he even taken to jail for that? Smh
— Jeanne 🥰 (@Fields906) April 6, 2019
Before saying “the cops were just doing their job,” think:
What would you have done if you heard that your arrestee’s daughter was choking?
Blindly arrested him or exercise empathy?
According to the National Black Police Association, they could have used their discretion.
There’s this thing called “discretion” that police have, and a philosophy of community policing that would have been warranted in this case. What would an officer have done to save the life of his child? There are other ways to handle any infraction. https://t.co/h1g27USAFf
— NatlBlackPoliceAssn2019 (@TheRealNBPA) April 6, 2019
What is wrong with cops if it was a white dude they will call in the helicopter
— Jim Lahey (@NasTPB23) April 6, 2019
Need more people like the nurses and also the father. shame on the cop, the father was saving his daughter.
— Susan Jackson (@sjacks0510) April 6, 2019
There has to be more to this story or someone in law enforcement must be jailed. Wake Up!
— Robert Williams (@MRBALDWON01) April 7, 2019
Did they make sure child got to hospital, and then release him? pic.twitter.com/aUILE6pZ6b
— ronnie40 (@Veronic44178672) April 6, 2019
They’ll show him for saving his daughter’s life, put his ass in prison.
— 🐇 🐣 🐰 I Hate Eggs 🐰 🐣 🐇 (@ChrisNicole20) April 6, 2019
Those cops is trash 🗑🚮🤷🏽♀️
— ✨Vita V ✨ (@MrsLarenaW) April 6, 2019
Food for thought in 2019 America.