NEW MILFORD, NJ – In an update to a previous report we shared here at Law Enforcement Today regarding a nurse practitioner that was allegedly discriminatory toward a New Jersey police officer, the charitable organization Brothers Before Others have released a statement on the matter.
— BrothersBeforeOthers (@bboinc14) May 11, 2021
In a statement signed by BBO President Michael J. Burke, the following was noted regarding the incident when River Edge Police Officer Pat Diamond went to visit a local CVS MinuteClinic for a sinus-related issue:
“Last night, a New Jersey police officer, while in full uniform and on his contractual meal break, used that time to visit the ‘Minute Clinic’ at the CVS located at 880 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. Rather than using his meal time to actually eat, the officer in question instead needed to tend to a sinus infection that he had been battling for days.”
“Receiving medical care is the last place a police officer should have to worry about being discriminated against.”
“However, on this occasion, the police officer in question was met by a nurse practitioner who decided to take this opportunity to express her biased feelings towards the American police officer, refuse to treat the police officer and then demand that he leave the CVS store because he was “carrying a gun”; all despite the manager’s attempts to intervene.”
As we at Law Enforcement Today previously reported, the nurse practitioner who allegedly engaged in said conduct was identified as “Molly Poulose” in Officer Diamond’s original Facebook post regarding the incident.
Upon further research, we at L.E.T. found that a woman by the name of “Moly Poulose” is employed at the CVS location in question and is cited as being a “family nurse practitioner”.
The statement from BBO then presented a hypothetical “what if” scenario of if the tables were turned and it was a nurse seeking help from a police officer that received similar treatment:
“Before we address the absurdity of this nurse practitioner’s words and actions, let me pose a scenario where the roles had been reversed. Imagine that a nurse practitioner stopped a police officer and asked him for help just to have the police officer respond, “I hate nurses”, and refuse to help her?”
“Now imagine that the nurse practitioner in question is Asian Indian, as was the actual involved nurse practitioner. This incident would be a hate crime and prime time news on every local station, if not national.”
“The police officer would be immediately fired for a myriad of reasons, most notably a failure to abide by the oath he swore.”
— BrothersBeforeOthers (@bboinc14) May 11, 2021
From there, the statement went on to point out that the nurse practitioner’s alleged conduct seemed to be in stark contrast to the “Nightingale Pledge” that those in the nursing profession swear to uphold in their duties:
“Since the late 1800’s, nurses have taken the ‘Nightingale Pledge’, named in honor of the pioneer of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale.”
“This pledge is essentially the nurses version of the Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors. In the pledge, each nurse swears to such principles as ‘adhering to the code of ethics of the nursing profession’, ‘not doing anything evil or malicious’ and ‘pledging to do all in my power to raise the standards and prestige of the practical nursing’.”
“Refusing to treat another human being based solely upon their uniform or chosen employment seems contrary to that pledge and downright derelict.”
With the current discourse regarding policing in America, the statement by BBO pointed out how maligning police officers has become a “customary” practice while overlooking “some pretty glaring societal failures,” in the process:
“It is more convenient to blame law enforcement for social conditions that are tearing at the very fabric of this country than it is to face the real truths.”
“We hear words being used such as ‘accountability’ and ‘trust’ as it pertains to the American police officer.”
“What is being missed here, however, is that unless we ALL do better as individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion or profession, then there will never be true progress.”
In the closing of the statement, BBO President Burke asked that CVS take a public stance on the matter and “condemn” the alleged actions of their employee:
“I am calling on CVS to publicly condemn the actions of their representative and would encourage both department and government leadership to seek that action be taken in response to her medical malfeasance. Accountability is not relative to your profession and there are no exceptions to what is right.”
So one might wonder why a nurse would allegedly feel so emboldened to act out in such a manner toward a police officer coming in for treatment of sinus issues.
Well, perhaps it could be influenced in portions of the company culture by way of the Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President of CVS Caremark.
A brief review of Alan Lotvin’s Twitter feed is emblematic of the sort of ideology that would approve the sort of rhetoric that this nurse practitioner allegedly engaged in.
Here are just some of the screenshots we at Law Enforcement Today obtained that show what kind of leadership CVS is hosting:
Just from what is seen above, the Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President of CVS Caremark openly supports:
- Maligning Republicans
- Wants gun control
- Advocates jailing of anti-vax protesters
- Retweets BLM firebrands
So, is it hardly shocking that with company leadership like that, there’s the likes of nurse practitioners who allegedly denigrate police officers seeking treatment?
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Here’s our previous report on the matter regarding the alleged incident.
NEW MILFORD, NJ – A nurse practitioner at a CVS MinuteClinic in New Milford allegedly told a local police officer in full uniform that she hated police “in so many words,” according to a recent social media post.
Earlier in May, River Edge Police Officer Patrick Diamond, who is also the local PBA president, had allegedly entered a CVS MinuteClinic in New Milford where he allegedly encountered a nurse practitioner who hosted anti-police sentiments.
According to the post from Officer Diamond (which has since been made non-public on his Facebook) alleged the following:
“I just walked into the Minute Clinic at the New Milford, New Jersey CVS because I am battling a sinus infection for the last few days. With being so busy at work I took my meal break for my appointment time. I walked into the room in my full police uniform and the nurse practitioner in so many words told me she hates cops.”
“I thought she was joking at first but she was dead serious and told me to leave because I carry a gun. I asked her if I was dying on the side of the road she wouldn’t treat me. She replied that is different.”
The encounter allegedly occurred at the Brookchester Shopping Center CVS in New Milford.
The post went on to name the nurse practitioner allegedly behind the anti-police commentary as “Molly Poulose”.
According to a LinkedIn profile, a woman by the name of “Moly Poulose” does claim to be a nurse practitioner for CVS’ MinuteClinic and is based out of the New Milford area of New Jersey.
The LinkedIn profile for Poulose notes that she’s been with CVS since July of 2011.
Public healthcare provider records also confirm Poulose to be employed at the specific Brookchester Shopping Center CVS location where this encounter allegedly took place.
*Author’s note: The inclusion of the aforementioned details about Poulose is not meant to invite any form of harassment – but to present pertinent information that can establish credibility to the officer’s claims made in his original post.
We at Law Enforcement Today reached out to the store location and spoke with the manager to gather comment about the alleged incident.
While being polite, the manager informed us that he’s not allowed to comment on the matter and afforded us the contact number for the corporate office.
As of this writing, the corporate office has not responded to inquiries regarding the purported incident.
This alleged CVS encounter comes mere days after the May 4th death of River Edge Police Sergeant Christopher Cheevers, a loss for the department that has weighed heavily on Officer Diamond.
Following the death of Sergeant Cheevers, Officer Diamond released the following statement in connection with his role as the local PBA president:
“The River Edge PBA is with a heavy heart that we reflect on the fact that we lost our friend, our brother, and our sergeant, Christopher Cheevers.”
The manner of Sergeant Cheevers’ death, who served with the River Edge Police Department for over 24 years, is unclear.
“Chris was kind, caring and dependable. He always would greet us with a smile and back us with his strength.” https://t.co/ViCimlSgTX
— Josh Jongsma (@jongsmjo) May 6, 2021
Mayor Thomas Papaleo commented on Sergeant Cheevers’ passing, asking locals to keep his family in their prayers and to respect their privacy during this difficult time.
Sergeant Cheevers’ published obituary noted the following about him:
“If you knew Chris, from back in the day all the way up to this week, for a day or for decades, you know he wore his heart on his sleeve and was always there for others.”
“Remember him kindly and proudly and tell his story and stories about him forever.”
“And in times of crisis, or worry, or sadness, or glory, or when big decisions face you, think of Chris, and ask ‘what would Cheevers do?’ We think he’ll be looking out for you and for all of us, and will try to get you his answer.”
A memorial service for Sergeant Cheevers is slated for May 13th at Van Saun County Park in Paramus, New Jersey.
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