Police officers tasked with working the scene around the Manhattan apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer, diagnosed with Ebola yesterday, were caught on camera tossing the gloves and masks they used for their protection into public trash cans.
One video (above via the Daily Mail) shows two police officers discarding first the crime scene tape used to block off the potentially infected area, then removing their protective gloves and masks and tossing them into an open-top public waste bin.
The video does not show whether or not the officers had entered Spencer’s apartment. Earlier reports said that those who did enter were wearing hazmat suits, so it is likely that they did not. Regardless of their proximity to the patient’s apartment, the incident raises concern about the degree to which the city is prepared to handle the deadly virus and how closely safety protocol is being followed by those involved.