An investigation is under way after Ohio police pulled a man out of a car and dragged him into a police car, according to body camera video released Friday.
Clifford Wensby was stopped in Dayton on Sept. 30 when officers saw him leave a “suspected drug house.” After stopping him, police requested a drug identification because of the K-9 Wensby’s “history of heinous drugs and weapons,” police said in a statement.
According to police policy, occupants must leave a vehicle while “sniffing in the open air”, while a K-9 turns around a vehicle to breathe for illegal drugs.
Body camera footage released by the department shows officers approaching the vehicle with Owensby. An officer told Wensby to get out of the car and Wensby said, “Sir I can’t get out of the car. I’m paraplegic.”
When an officer offered to help him get out of the car, Wensby repeatedly said he could not get out of the car and said “there will be a lawsuit if you put your hand on me unnecessarily.”
During a conversation with the officer, Owensby calls someone and asks them to bring a camera to “see what’s happening”, the body cam video shows. Wensby tells the officer to call his supervisor.
The officer then instructed Wensby to get out of the car again and said, “You’re getting out of this car. So you can cooperate and get out of the car, or I’ll pull you out of the car. Do you have two options here?”
As seen in the video, officers dragged Owensby out of the car with his arms and hair while Owensby was screaming. Police said in a statement that Wensby “grabbed the steering wheel” of the car in which he was traveling.
Police knelt down and handcuffed Wensby and dragged him to a police car. Wensby was heard screaming for help when officers dragged him away.
Owensby was placed on the ground “to protect him,” police said. Police said the K-9 dog warned Waynesby about a bag of 22 22,450 in cash in his car, which meant “the money was close to illegal drugs.”
Dayton police said in a statement that Wensby was taken to a hospital, examined and released. The investigation into the incident began on October 1, police said.
The statement said, “We understand that this incident has caused a great deal of emotional outcry in the Dayton community of Ohio and we want your patience as we fully investigate this incident.”
Wensby Dayton told the Daily News he received scrap from the sidewalk and re-injured his previous back problem at the time of the incident. He said he hoped for “some kind of disciplinary action.”
The newspaper reported that a police report cited misconduct for obstructing official business and preventing arrests, but Wensby was not charged with any count.
“I don’t think they even respect me as a citizen,” Wensby told the newspaper.
Matt Carper, interim director and head of the police department, said Friday that the upcoming training for all Dayton officers and supervisors will include diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as disclosure, impartial policing and procedural justice.
“We need to do better and this can be done through further development of mutual respect and accountability to keep our city safe,” Carper said.
Contributed by: Associated Press