A black man who was pulled out of a car by police officers shouting “I’m paralyzed” filed a complaint with the NAACP, the organization said, as did police in Dayton, Ohio, that they were investigating after the stop. What happened during
On September 30, a Dayton Police Department officer grabbed 39-year-old Clifford Owensby by the hair and pulled him out of the car after repeatedly asking him to leave, according to body camera footage released Friday by the department. According to the footage, Mr Owensby told officers he could not get out of the car as he was paralyzed.
Mr Owensby’s lawyer, James Willis, said he planned to file a lawsuit.
The Dayton Police Department did not immediately respond to questions seeking comment Monday afternoon, but a 16-minute video released by the department, which includes body camera footage and some police statements, said an investigation has begun. The police department has not publicly identified the officers.
The footage begins with an unidentified officer explaining what led to the stop.
Authorities were alerted to “a suspected drug house” in the area, and a white Audi was seen leaving the house, police said. Police said Mr Owensby was in the vehicle.
Police said they found Mr Owensby’s identity, ran his information and found he had a “history of felony drugs and weapons”.
The officers requested a police dog who could detect the narcotics. Police said it was the department’s policy to require people to exit when a vehicle was inspected for drugs.
Mr Owensby told officers he could not go out because he was paralyzed. According to Mr Willis, his 3-year-old son was in the back seat of the car during the stop.
Footage shows an officer approaching Mr. Owensby’s car and saying, “I’m going to help you get out.”
Mr. Owensby replies, “I don’t think that’s going to happen, sir.”
He continues to say that he cannot get out of the car because he is paralyzed, and the officer repeats that he will assist according to the footage.
Mr. Owensby says, “If you lay your hands on me for no reason, you’ll be sued.”
The officer replies, “Well, it’s because I’m asking you to get out of the car.”
Mr Owensby calls someone on the phone and asks the officer for a police supervisor, the footage shows.
An officer then says, “You can cooperate and get out of the car, or I’ll drag you out of the car.”
The officer proceeds to grab Mr. Owensby’s wrist, who is saying that the officer is hurting him, footage shows. A second officer then grabs Mr. Owensby by the wrist as he remains in the car, repeating that he is paralyzed.
As officers began removing Mr. Owensby, police said in a statement accompanying the video, they “hold onto the steering wheel, in an attempt to prevent officers from removing them from the vehicle.”
“You’re hurting me,” says Mr. Owensby using abusive words in the footage.
Footage shows an officer pulling Mr Owensby by the hair and pulling him out of the car.
About 20 seconds later, an officer again grabs Mr. Owensby by the hair, turns him on his stomach and handcuffs him. Officers drag Mr. Owensby to his police cruiser.
During their investigation, police said, they found a bag of cash worth $22,450 in Mr. Owensby’s car. The police dog alerted officers that the money was “close to illegal drugs,” police said.
Police said Mr Owensby was taken to hospital, where he was examined and later released.
Mr Willis said Mr Owensby was charged with two misdemeanors: painting the windows, and failing to get his son into the car seat. Mr Owensby was not charged with any drug-related offenses, Mr Willis said.
Mr Willis said he did not want to discuss Mr Owensby’s paralysis. He said having thousands of dollars in cash is not a crime.