Dayton, Oh. – Recently released police body camera footage shows Dayton Ohio Police Officers forcibly removing a paraplegic man from his car during a traffic stop for a window tint violation.
Clifford Owensby was pulled over in Dayton by police on Sept 30. Body camera video shows an officer testing the vehicle’s glass tint. The officer tells Owenby the window’s tint is at 20% and then sees a child in the backseat of the vehicle who is not in a car seat. The officer then goes back to his cruiser.
Later in the video, an officer tells Owensby to step out of the vehicle. When Owensby asks the officer why he needs to exit the car, the officer tells him that due to his history, they are going to have a drug-detecting dog do a search around the outside of the vehicle.
Owensby tells the officers he can’t get out of the vehicle because he is a paraplegic. Body camera footage showed officers telling Owensby they were going to assist him in getting out of the car.
“I’m paraplegic,” Owensby says. “I got help getting in.”
“Well, I’ll help you get out,” the officer replies.
“Well, I don’t think that’s going to happen, sir,” Owensby says.
The officer and Owensby continue to argue about him exiting the vehicle and Owensby requests that the officer call a superior to the scene.
“Here’s the thing, I’m going to pull you out, and then I’ll call a white shirt. Because you’re getting out of the car. That’s not an option. You’re getting out of this car, so you can cooperate and get out of the car, or I will drag you out of the car. Do you see your two options here?”
The standoff continues until officers pull and drag Owensby from the car onto the street. Owensby is cuffed and dragged to a police car.
Owensby, who said he does not have use of his legs, said he was injured during the incident, having sustained scrapes from the pavement, and is still in pain. He also said that a previous back injury was reinjured.
“I just feel like they were wrong for doing what they were doing and I couldn’t believe what was happening to me,” Owensby said.
Dayton Police said they are aware of the incident and the professional standards bureau is currently investigating.
“The investigation will include the review of any policies and training when encountering these situations. Detectives from the Professional Standards Bureau have already interviewed the driver in the video.
We ask the public to please be patient while all of the facts are gathered so we may have a clear understanding of what occurred and why in order to make informed decisions and continue to improve services,” Dayton Police said.