Clifford Owensby told officers he was unable to get out of his car because of his paralysis. After this, he was thrown out for not complying.
Ohio police officers were filmed pulling a black man with paraplegia out of his vehicle by his hair and then dragging him into a patrol car during a traffic stop when the man told them about his inability to get out of his vehicle. was informed about.
Police released Friday said Clifford Owensby was stopped by officers in the Dayton neighborhood on September 30 after his vehicle was seen leaving a suspected illegal drug house. body camera footage Traffic is at a standstill in the afternoon.
Owensby’s identity was taken and a drug police dog was called to inspect his vehicle after it was determined he had a serious drug and weapons history. Police said this inspection required Owensby to get out of his vehicle.
“I can’t step outside,” Owensby told officers when instructed, as heard in body camera footage. “I’m a paralytic.”
Officers offered to help Owensby out of his vehicle, to which Owensby replied, “I don’t think that’s going to happen, sir.”
“You are getting out of the car. So you can cooperate and get out of the car or I can pull you out of the car,” an officer, with increasing movement, is heard saying to him.
Owensby asked for a supervisor of officers and someone on his phone to call so he could assist him at the scene. When an officer arrived to remove him, Owensby repeatedly warned that officers could physically hurt him because of his paralysis.
The video shows at least two officers physically pulling Owensby out of the vehicle and onto the ground shortly after, with one officer grabbing Owensby by his hair. Owensby is then seen being driven into a nearby patrol vehicle, with his stubby legs dragging along the pavement behind him.
A 3-year-old child sitting uncontrollably in the back seat of Owensby’s car was also removed. A subsequent search of the vehicle found a large bag of cash inside the floorboard, totaling approximately £16,000. Police said a drug dog indicated the money was close to illegal drugs.
Police have received incident report dayton daily news Owensby was charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest, both of which are misdemeanors. He was eventually cited in a municipal court for traffic citations, failure to stop a child in the back seat, and tinted glass. A representative for Dayton Police did not immediately respond to a request for a copy of the incident report and comment on Monday.
Owensby meanwhile filed a complaint with Dayton’s NAACP against the police department for profiling her, unlawful arrest, illegal search and seizure of her vehicle, and failure to read her Miranda rights before officers took her into custody and jail. is registered. , the president of the local chapter said on Sunday.
“I don’t see where I did anything wrong in this matter and I lack words for what they did to me. It was total disgrace, it was hate,” Owensby said at a news conference on Sunday.
“We are not talking about his past,” Dayton NAACP President Derrick Forward said at the same press conference. “We are not talking about the activity by which the officer was conducting the search or drug activity. We are talking about the incident and how the incident was dealt with.”
The head of the Dayton Police Union defended the officers’ handling of the situation.
“The officers followed the law, their training, and departmental policies and procedures,” said Jerome Dix, president of the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #44, told the Dayton Daily News. “Sometimes the arrest of non-compliant individuals is not beautiful, but a necessary part of law enforcement to maintain public safety, which is one of the fundamental ideologies of our society.”
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley called the video “relatable” in her own statement released Friday.
“No matter where you live or how you look, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect when dealing with Dayton Police,” she said.