A Disturbing body camera footage has emerged of Ohio police officers dragging a
paraplegic man out of his car by his hair and throwing him to the ground, video
obtained by WH IO News shows. … He then calls someone and asks them to “bring
some people with cameras” to witness the altercation.
Clifford Owensby, a Black man with disabilities, was driving in Dayton, Ohio, on 30
September when police stopped him, according to the Independent.
In the footage, a police officer can be heard telling Owensby to get out of his car. “I
can’t step outside the car, sir. I’m a paraplegic,” Owensby replies. “I got help getting
A police officer then offers to help him out of the car, but Owensby replies: “I don’t
think that’s going to happen, sir.” The officer later proceeds to tell him that “it’s not
In the footage, Owensby repeatedly tells the police officers that he cannot get out of
his vehicle because of his disabilities and threatens the officers with a lawsuit if they
put their hands on him for “no reason.”
He then calls someone and asks them to “bring some people with cameras” to
witness the altercation.
In the video, the police officer tells Owensby that he “can cooperate and get out of
this car” or they would “drag” him out of the vehicle. “Do you see these two options
here?” the officer says.
The footage then shows police officers grabbing him by his arm before pulling him
out of the vehicle by his hair. As he falls to the ground, Owensby begins to scream in
pain. “Somebody help, somebody help,” he can be heard saying.
The police officer accuses Owensby of “making this worse than it needs to be” before
attempting to handcuff him.
The clip finishes with footage of Owensby being dragged down the street by his arms
and a police officer throwing his shoes into his vehicle.
According to the Independent, the Dayton Police Department says it is investigating
In a statement shared on the department’s Twitter, Dayton’s chief of police said that
“upcoming training for all Dayton Police Officers and Supervisors will include
diversity, equity, and inclusion, de-escalation, bias-free policing, and procedural
justice.”—Dayton Police Dept. (@DaytonPolice) October 7, 2021
“We need to do better,” the statement continues. “And this can be done by further
developing the mutual respect and accountability necessary to make our City safer.”