WRITTEN AND CONTRIBUTED BY COY MALONE
What You Need To Know:
The Dayton (Ohio) Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is investigating the police who dragged Clifford Owensby, a 39-year-old paraplegic Black man, out of his car during a traffic stop.
Bystander and police body camera captured the incident where police demanded Owensby exit his car for a K-9 vehicle search because of his past drug and weapons charges. “I can’t step outside the car, sir. I’m a paraplegic…I got help getting in,” says Owensby. “Well, I’ll help you get out,” says the officer. Owensby politely declines and requests a supervisor attend the scene. “I’m asking you, but I’m telling you, so it’s not an option,” the officer said as he threatens to drag him out of the car.
As Owensby sends a message and makes a call for someone to come and record the incident, police drag Owensby out of the car by his locks. “Somebody help!.. I’m a paraplegic, bro, you can hurt me!” “…You’re making it so much harder than it has to be,” the police replies, before handcuffing the man and putting him in a squad car.
Police also allege Owensby left a suspected drug house, had an unrestrained 3-year-old child in the back seat, and found a bag with $22,450 in the floorboard.
Owensby has now filed a complaint through the Dayton Unit NAACP who is working with his legal counsel. “…Upcoming training for all Dayton Police Officers and Supervisors will include diversity, equity, and inclusion, de-escalation, bias-free policing, and procedural justice…We need to do better,” said Dayton police Interim Chief Matt Carper. According to Jerome Dix, president of Dayton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, the officers involved had followed the law. “Sometimes the arrest of non-compliant individuals is not pretty, but is a necessary part of law enforcement.”
Why You Need to Know:
You don’t need diversity training to understand NOT to pull someone by the hair. You just need common sense. The department was recently sued by a deaf and mute man with cerebral palsy for injuries during an arrest in 2020. This is the modus operandi of Dayton police. “We need to do better”…stop the cap.