Body camera footage shows a man with paraplegia being abused by police officers in Dayton, Ohio.
The video shows Clifford Owensby, who is unable to walk, being pulled from his vehicle by his hair.
The Dayton Police Department chief said in a statement that he could “do better.”
Disturbing body camera footage has emerged of Ohio police officers dragging a paraplegic out of his car by the hair and throwing him to the ground, video obtained by WH IO News shows.
Clifford Owensby, a black man with a disability, was driving in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 30 when police pulled him over, according to The Independent.
In the footage, a police officer can be heard telling Owensby to get out of his car. “I can’t get out of the car, sir. I’m a paraplegic,” Owensby responds. “I got help getting in.”
A police officer offers to help him out of the car, but Owensby responds, “I don’t think that’s going to happen, sir.” The officer then proceeds to tell him that “it is not an option.”
In the footage, Owensby repeatedly tells police officers that he cannot get out of his vehicle due to his disabilities and threatens officers with a lawsuit if they lay their hands on him for no reason.
Then he calls someone and asks them to “bring in some people with cameras” to witness the altercation.
In the video, the police officer tells Owensby that he “can cooperate and get out of this car” or he would be “dragged” out of the vehicle. “Do you see these two options here?” says the officer.
The footage then shows police officers grabbing his arm before pulling him out of the vehicle by his hair. When he falls to the ground, Owensby begins to scream in pain. “Someone help, someone help,” you can hear him say.
The police officer accuses Owensby of “making things worse than necessary” before attempting to handcuff him.
The clip ends with footage of Owensby being dragged down the street by his arms and a police officer throwing his shoes at his vehicle.
According to The Independent, the Dayton Police Department says it is investigating the incident.
In a statement shared on the department’s Twitter, the Dayton police chief said that “upcoming training for all Dayton police officers and supervisors will include diversity, fairness and inclusion, de-escalation, non-judgmental policing and procedural fairness.” .
“We need to do better,” the statement continued. “And this can be done by further developing the mutual respect and responsibility necessary to make our City safer.”
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