Police officers drag disabled man out of car despite him telling them he was paraplegic

Ohio cops dragged a disabled man out of his car, ignoring him telling them he is paraplegic. 

The incident took place on September 30, as Clifford Owensby was out running errands, Unilad reports. Ohio police pulled the man over, claiming his darkly tinted windows did not meet the state’s regulations. The cops then demanded the 39-year-old man to exit the car, but he told them he “cannot step out of the car” because he is disabled.

The appalling scene was captured on body camera footage. Ignoring Owensby’s words, a cop can be heard yelling:

“You’re getting out of this car! So, you can cooperate and get out of the car, or I’ll drag you out of the car. Do you see your two options here?!”

As per WHIO, the man was subsequently handcuffed and dragged into a police car.

The distressing video also shows the man asking a passerby to act as a witness and calling a friend telling them to bring cameras to record the unfolding events.

Speaking to News Center 7, Owensby said he cannot walk, and he needs “assistance with getting in and out of the vehicle.” The man added that he requested a “white shirt” to make sure the “stop could be conducted in a decent manner.”

Nevertheless, the officers proceed to drag him from his car as he screams: “Somebody help, I’m a paraplegic!”

Following the incident, Owensby commented:

“I just feel like they (were) wrong for doing what they (were) doing and I couldn’t believe what was happening to me.”

Interim Chief Matt Carper assured the conflict is currently being investigated by the department’s Professional Standards Bureau. The inquiry will reportedly include “the officer’s actions and any allegations of misconduct.”

Furthermore, Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein stated that the team will complete “a thorough review to ensure that [they] are held accountable to the public.”

Owensby concluded:

“I feel like they need to train the officers to deal with disabled people in a more efficient manner. Treat them with respect.”

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