People still wonder how something like slavery or the Hall of Cost could have ever happened.
But once you watch this video, and you see what raw hatred for superficial differences like skin color can lead to, it all begins to make sense.
A Black paraplegic man from Ohio has filed a complaint with the NAACP after video showed police officers pulling him out of his car by his hair and arms during a traffic stop late last month.
“They dragged me to their vehicle like a dog, like trash,” Clifford Owensby, 39, recalled at a news conference Sunday.
Owensby accused the Dayton Police Department (DPD) of profiling, unlawful arrest, illegal search and seizure, and failure to read him his rights before being taken to jail, Dayton Unit NAACP President Derrick Foward said at the news conference.
Owensby’s attorney James Willis said he plans to file a civil lawsuit.
“It’ll take a little time to do some investigating, but we’ll probably get something filed in the next month,” Willis said Monday.
He said Owensby’s son was in the car at the time of the arrest.
Willis said he believes the actions of the police were illegal.
“I think it was illegal and was unnecessarily brutal, given the fact they were aware fully that he can’t get out of the car on his own,” the attorney said.
On Friday, DPD released a nearly 12-minute video of the body camera footage taken from the September 30 incident.
According to the video, shortly after the radio call, one of the officers returns to Owensby, who is in the driver’s seat, and asks him to step out.
Owensby refuses, then tells the officer he can’t because he is paralyzed. “I’m a paraplegic,” Owensby says. “I got help getting in.”
The officer tells Owensby he will assist him in getting out of the vehicle, but Owensby tells the officer not to touch him and requests the officer call a superior. The officer responds by saying he will call his superior, but Owensby must get out of the car first.
“So you can cooperate and get out of the car, or I will drag you out of the car. You see your two options here?” the officer yells at Owensby, who repeats his request for the officers to call a superior.
Seconds later, two officers grab Owensby, and a struggle ensues. One of the officers grabs him by the arm and collar and then grabs his hair and drags him out of the vehicle. Owensby is seen in the video struggling on the pavement, yelling for help as the two officers proceed to subdue him.
Johns said Owensby was taken to a local hospital, where he was examined for possible injuries and released. The police major also said officers retrieved a bag of cash from Owensby’s vehicle containing $22,450.
Owensby said Sunday the money was his savings and no weapons or drugs were found in the search. He was not charged with any drug-related offenses.
A DPD police incident report shows Owensby was charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors.
“I have nightmares,” Owensby said about the arrest. “I should not have to leave out of my house every day wondering if this is going to happen to me again.”
Unfortunately, Clifford, it will happen to you again.
So long as you continue to have dark skin, white cops will never stop abusing you.
They don’t care that you’re disabled.
In fact, they think it’s funny.
It just makes you even more of a target for their hatred.
That’s just the way things are in 21st century America.