Chicago fires 2 officers in United passenger dragging case

4th aviation officer on leave after United dragging

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers who were involved in an incident in which a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight after refusing to give up his seat.

Officials say one of those officers, a sergeant, also was part of an attempt to cover up some details of the incident that happened in April at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

Four officers were involved in the incident related to passenger David Dao, who had been aboard a flight to Louisville, Kentucky. The department suspended the two other officers, and one of those officers resigned.

The city's Office of Inspector General said in a report released Tuesday that as a result of the office's findings and recommendations, the Aviation Department fired an officer who "improperly escalated the incident" and a sergeant involved in removing facts from a report.

Statement of Thomas Demetrio, attorney for Dr. David Dao & Co-Founder of Corboy & Demetrio:

“It is unfortunate the conduct of these two City aviation employees has resulted in their losing their jobs.  However, this is not a day of celebration for Dr. Dao, who is neither vindictive nor happy about Mr. Ferguson’s findings.  There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels.  Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world.  But for the video, the filed report stating that only “minimal” force was used would have been unnoticed.  Simply put, don’t make stuff up.  Also, the Inspector General’s report should become the poster child for why passengers should always maintain the right to videotape mistreatment of all kinds.  Our cell phones are the best deterrent to ensure mistreatment becomes a rarity.”

© 2017 Associated Press


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