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Robida victim alleges paramedics were biased

A victim of a teenager's violent rampage in a New Bedford gay bar has filed a complaint with the state alleging he was treated poorly and abusively by paramedics because he is gay.

Robert R. Perry, 52, of Dartmouth, was struck in the head with a hatchet and shot in the back when 18-year old Jacob D. Robida attacked patrons of Puzzles Lounge two weeks ago. Two other men were injured in an attack police labeled a hate crime.

In a complaint filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Perry said the New Bedford paramedics took too long transporting him to the hospital, were physically and verbally abusive, and shared private information about his injuries with certain family members without his permission.

Perry, who is clinical services director at Mercy-General Ambulance Service in Boston, said in a separate complaint letter to New Bedford's mayor that he could not recall ''any action by an EMT so cruel and hate-filled."

Perry said yesterday the circumstances of the treatment he says he received ''make it pretty easy for me to jump to the conclusion that it was hatred."

Mayor Scott Lang wrote Perry that the city would take his complaint ''very seriously."

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