Clifford Owensby, who has filed a complaint with the N.A.A.C.P., was shown on body camera footage provided by police in Dayton, Ohio.
According to the N.A.A.C.P., a Black man who was taken from a car by police officers while yelling “I’m paraplegic” filed a complaint, while police in Dayton, Ohio, stated they were investigating what happened during the stop.
According to body camera footage released by the Dayton Police Department on Friday, an officer pulled Clifford Owensby’s hair and hauled him out of the car on Sept. 30 after repeatedly instructing him to step out. According to the video, Mr. Owensby told the authorities that he couldn’t get out of the car because he was paraplegic.
Mr. Owensby’s attorney, James Willis, has indicated that he intends to launch a lawsuit.
The Dayton Police Department did not immediately reply to requests for comment on Monday afternoon, but they did say an investigation had begun in a 16-minute video published by the department that included the body camera footage and some police remarks. The cops have not been named by the police department.
The video opens with an anonymous officer detailing the circumstances behind the stop.
According to the police, officers were notified of “a suspected drug home” in the region, and a white Audi was observed leaving that house. Mr. Owensby was alleged to be in the vehicle, according to the police.
Mr. Owensby’s identification was obtained, and police claimed they ran his information and discovered he had a “felony drug and weapon background.”
The policemen wanted a narcotics-detection police dog. It was department policy, according to the police, to force people to evacuate a car while it was being examined for drugs.
Mr. Owensby explained to the authorities that he was paralyzed and couldn’t leave. According to Mr. Willis, his 3-year-old son was in the back seat of the car during the stop.
“I’m going to help you get out,” an officer says as he approaches Mr. Owensby’s automobile.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen, sir,” Mr. Owensby answers.
According to the video, he continues to insist that he can’t get out of the car since he is paraplegic, and the officer assures him that he will help.
Mr. Owensby warns, “If you lay your hands on me for no reason, there will be a lawsuit.”
“Well, the reason is that I’m asking you to get out of the automobile,” the officer responds.
Mr. Owensby dials a number and asks the officer for a police supervisor, according to surveillance footage.
“You may cooperate and get out of the car, or I will drag you out of the car,” an officer adds.
The police then grabs Mr. Owensby’s wrist, who claims the officer is injuring him, according to video. Mr. Owensby is then grabbed by the wrist by a second officer while he remains in the car, insisting that he is paraplegic.
Mr. Owensby “grabbed onto the steering wheel, in an attempt to prevent the officers from removing him from the vehicle,” according to the police statement accompanying the footage.
Mr. Owensby uses an expletive in the video and says, “You’re hurting me.”
An officer snatches Mr. Owensby’s hair again, tosses him onto his stomach, and handcuffs him some 20 seconds later. Mr. Owensby is dragged to their police cruiser by the officers.
The police stated they discovered a bag of cash containing $22,450 in Mr. Owensby’s car during their inquiry. According to the authorities, the money had been “in close proximity to illegal drugs” when the police dog warned them.
Mr. Owensby was transported to a hospital and evaluated before being released, according to the police.
Mr. Owensby was charged with two misdemeanors, according to Mr. Willis: having tinted windows and failing to secure his youngster in a car seat. Mr. Willis stated that Mr. Owensby was not charged with any drug-related offenses.
Mr. Willis refused to talk about Mr. Owensby’s disability. He went on to say that having thousands of dollars in cash was not a crime.
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