Ohio police forced a paralyzed man out of his car and threw him to the ground, though he repeatedly asked and he said he did not use his legs, according to a body-camera video released Friday.
Dayton Police Department shared a video with NBC News showing two police officers ordering driver Clifford Owensby to get out of the Audi he was driving during a car stop last week.
The video has been edited, and it is not clear what happened before the video started or ended.
Owensby could be heard telling police he was paralyzed. One of the officers offered to help her get out of the car, but the driver refused and asked why she had been dragged.
“I can’t get out of the car sir,” Owensby said.
A police officer told Owensby he had to be outside the car for the dog to smell the medicine, but the driver refused, the video shows.
“No you’re not, no you’re not, you’re not going to touch me. You’re not going to touch me,” he is heard saying in the video. “There will be courts if you lay your hands on me for no reason, brother.”
Owensby then appears to ring the phone and ask someone to come to him and film his encounter with the directors.
Owensby asks the authorities to call their manager before they release him and pretend to drag him out with their shoulders and beds.
He shouts and keeps shouting, “Someone to help, someone to help!”
As police forced him to go down the street, one put his knees on his back Owensby repeatedly asking for help.
At one point he shouted, “Can you call the real police please?” as another policeman threatened to test him.
The police involved are unknown.
Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President Jerome A. Dix said in a statement Friday night that police had asked for compliance and said they offered to “help” Owensby when they were told he was disabled. He said the driver “continued to speak incoherently,” adding to the police’s response.
“These officials have followed the law, their training, and the rules and the branches,” he said. “Sometimes the detention of disobedient people is not good, but an important part of the rule of law is the protection of the people, which is one of the most important doctrines of our society.”
Owensby did not respond to NBC News’s attempt on Friday, but told Dayton Daily News in an article published Monday, “I feel like they don’t respect me as a citizen.”
He says he suffered from bruises from being pulled from a car. He told the press that the back injury was sustained as well.
Mayor Dayton, Nan Whaley said in a statement Friday, “This video of police interaction has to do with me. No matter where you live or what you look like, everyone should be treated with dignity and respect when dealing with Dayton police.”
He said the incident was being investigated.
“Dayton remains committed to our community-led police program by giving freely in such situations,” Whaley said.
Dennis Romero involved.