Dayton, Ohio, officials say they are looking into the acts of officers who managed to pull a driver who asserted that he was disabled from his vehicle during a drug-related traffic stop last month.
Clifford Owensby, 39, who said he has no use of his legs, said he felt so helpless when he was dragged from his car and handcuffed before being tossed in the back of a Dayton Police Department car during the Sept. 30 traffic stop.
According to police bodycam footage, Owensby repeatedly told officers that he couldn’t get out of the car because he was paraplegic, threatening to sue and requesting that someone “bring some people with cameras” to record the exchange.
On the ground, he can be heard yelling for help, asking if anyone was filming him, and pleading with someone to call “the real police.”
Police also said that a professional conduct bureau investigation into the traffic stop had started and requested the public’s patience during the inquiry.
The video was “very concerning,” said Mayor Nan Whaley in a statement Friday evening.
“No matter where you live or what you look like, everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect when dealing with Dayton Police,” she said. “Dayton remains committed to our ongoing community-led police reform process and providing transparency in situations like this.”