A black paralyzed man from Ohio has filed a complaint NAACP Video comes after police officers showed him pulling her out of their car with their hair and arms during a traffic stop late last month.
“They dragged me to their vehicle like a dog with a trash can,” 39-year-old Clifford Owensby recalled at a news conference on Sunday.
Owensby accused the Dayton Police Department (DPD) of profiling, unlawful arrest, illegal search and seizure, and failure to read his rights before being taken to prison, Dayton Unit NAACP chairman Derrick Faward said at the news conference.
Owensby’s attorney, James Willis, said he plans to file a civil suit.
“It will take some time to do some investigation, but we’ll probably file something next month,” Willis said on Monday.
He said Owensby’s son was in the car at the time of the arrest.
Willis said he believed the police action was illegal.
“I think it was illegal and unnecessarily cruel, given the fact that they knew full well that he couldn’t get out of the car on his own,” the lawyer said.
On Friday, the DPD almost 12 minute video Body camera footage taken from the 30 September incident.
Dayton Police Major Brian Johns said in a recorded statement that officers called for the Narcotics Detection K-9 Unit as they left Owensby a suspected drug house in the area they were monitoring.
After Johns said he had left the residence with his observation based on his past felony drug and weapons history, officers requested narcotics detection K-9s to do a free-air sniff on the vehicle. .
“Dayton Police Department policy requires the occupants of the vehicle to exit the K-9 officer for their own safety and security,” Johns said.
According to the video, shortly after the radio call, one of the officers returns to Owensby, who is in the driver’s seat, and tells him to get out.
Owensby refuses, then tells the officer that he cannot because he is paralyzed. “I’m a paralytic,” Owensby says. “It helped me get in.”
The officer tells Owensby that he will assist him in getting out of the vehicle, but Owensby tells the officer not to touch him and requests the officer to call a superior. The officer responds by saying that he will call his superior, but Owensby must get out of the car first.
“So you can cooperate and get out of the car, or I’ll pull you out of the car. You see your two options here?” The officer yells at Owensby, who repeats his request for officers to call a superior.
Seconds later, two officers capture Owensby, and a conflict ensues. One of the officers grabbed her by the hand and collar and then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her out of the vehicle. Owensby is seen struggling on the sidewalk in the video, screaming for help as two officers proceed to subdue him.
Johns said Owensby was taken to a local hospital, where he was examined for possible injuries and released. The police chief also said officers recovered a bag of cash worth $22,450 from Owensby’s vehicle.
Owensby said the money was his savings on Sunday and that no weapons or drugs were found in the search. He was not charged with any drug-related offense.
A DPD police incident report shows that Owensby was charged with both misdemeanor misdemeanors, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
“I have nightmares,” Owensby said of the arrest. “I don’t have to leave my house every day wondering if this is going to happen to me again.”
CNN has contacted James Willis, the attorney representing Owensby in the case, for comment.