City fires 2 aviation cops involved in dragging man off United flight

by Frankie Norman October 19, 2017, 0:19
City fires 2 aviation cops involved in dragging man off United flight

Both United and American Airlines ended the practice of asking passengers already seated on planes to give up their seats.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, who heads the midwestern USA city's watchdog office, had been pursuing an internal probe of the officers' actions. A report from Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson found that the first officer violated the Department of Aviation's use of force policy. They were identified only as an aviation security officer and a sergeant.

The incident, captured on video, showed David Dao, who refused to give up his seat for United crew members, being dragged from a plane at O'Hare International Airport.

In light of the damning report, the Department of Aviation chose to terminate a security officer who allegedly "improperly escalated" the April 9 incident and the sergeant accused of redacting facts from an employee report, according to the local paper.

Ferguson revealed that two of the four had been fired and the other two suspended, but did not specify when the disciplinary actions were taken nor reveal the officers' identities.

Two security officers were fired but three other employees were suspended over misleading statements and leaving out information in reports. It was also revealed that a supervisor was sacked after the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report.

The fired employees were the officer who initially pulled Dao from his seat on the flight to Louisville, Kentucky, and the supervisor who engaged in "the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report", the inspector general said.

The Aviation Department is also subsequently reviewing its policies in reaction to the investigation's recommendations.

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans also has moved to force airport security officers to remove the word "police" from their uniforms and vehicles in the wake of the incident.

It was later reported the Dao lost two teeth, broke his nose, and sustained a concussion. Dao later sued the airline and settled for an an undisclosed amount. The incident was a public relations disaster for the airline, which apologized for what happened.

Thomas Demetrio, Dao's attorney, said that the case is "a lesson to be learnt" for law enforcement, reports CNN. The scene had been filmed by other passengers, made the rounds of the web and led to a wave of worldwide condemnation.

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