Moment police officers pull paraplegic man out of his car by his hair
This is the shocking moment a paraplegic driver being forcefully dragged out of his car by two police officers despite indicating his disability.
The incident happened on Grand Avenue in Dayton of Ohio state in the US when two police officers pulled over Clifford Owensby and asked for a search on Thursday. September 30.
Bodycam footage shared online shows the officer asking Owensby, who cannot walk, to step outside his car several times after checking on his driving licence.
The driver tells them he had left his wheelchair at home, saying: "I’m paraplegic. I cannot step out of the vehicle. I need assistance."
"Sir, I'm going to assist you to get out of the vehicle," the officer then says.
But Owensby turns down the request and asks the officers "not to touch me", adding: "Can you call your white shirt please?"
"I’ll pull you out and then I’ll call the white shirt," the officer replied.
"Because you’re getting out of the car. That’s not an option.
The officer continued, raising his voice: "You’re getting out of this car. So you can cooperate and get out of this car or I will drag you out of this car. Do you see your two options here?"
Seconds later Owensby is dragged out of the driver's seat by the hair and fell onto the pavement while he screams for help.
The officer can be heard answering: "It's alright, we are here. Stop. Stop! Stop!"
They tie his hands with a plastic strip and drag him to their police vehicle. He was later charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
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Interim Chief Matt Carper of Dayton Police said in a statement on Monday that the incident as a "drug investigation and traffic stop".
The department’s Professional Standards Bureau is investigating the incident, "to include the officers’ actions and any allegations of misconduct".
Carper said detectives have already interviewed Owensby and promised transparency in the investigation.
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