The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is investigating the arrest of a Black man with paraplegia, after he was pulled over from his vehicle while stopping in traffic in Ohio city last month.
Why this is important: Newly released showing bodycam footage Clifford Owensby pulled his hair as he was being pulled from his car as he was arrested on Sept. 30. He was heard moments earlier saying to a police officer, “I can’t get out of the car, sir. I’m the same. , “and added that he had received assistance in boarding the vehicle.
- The 39 -year -old politely declined an officer’s offer to help him get out of the vehicle, requesting the attendance of a supervisor.
- An officer told him “he could cooperate and get out of this car” or the police would “pull” him out. He cries for help as he is pulled from the car: “I’m blistered, bro, you can hurt me!” before he was handcuffed.
Of the letter: “Dayton police are investigating after Jack Runser, a man who is deaf and dumb, and has cerebral palsy, accused the department, saying he was injured and tortured by police in an arrest in 2020, ” the Washington Post stars
Driving news: Police said at a briefing Friday they stopped Owensby after seeing his car leave a suspected drug house and wanted to conduct an “open-air sniff” test.
- They said a bag containing $ 22,450 cash was found on the front floorboard.
- Police said Owensby had an unruly 3 -year -old in the back seat, so officers named him for carrying a child without a seat in the car and for colored glasses.
What to watch: Dayton Unit NAACP president Derrick Foward confirmed to WashPost Saturday night that Owensby has filed a complaint with the civil rights group, which is working “hand-in-hand” on his legal advice.
- “To pull this man out of the car, through his hair – a blister – is completely unacceptable, inhumane and sets a bad light on our great city of Dayton, Ohio,” Foward told WashPost .
What they say: Dayton interim police chief Matt Carper said in a statement that “upcoming training for all Dayton Police Officers and Administrators will include diversity, equality, and inclusion, elimination, impartial policing, and justice management.”
- “We need to do better,” Carper added. “And this can be done by further building the mutual respect and responsibility necessary to make our City safer.”
- Jerome Dix, president of the Dayton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, said, the Dayton Daily News the officers involved complied with the law, adding: “Sometimes arresting non-compliant individuals is not good, but a necessary part of law enforcement to maintain public safety.”