The driver and four other New Haven police officers have been placed on administrative leave while state police investigate the incident that left a citizen paralyzed after being handcuffed on a weapons charge.
By Alexander Gonzalez
Los Angeles, July 1 (La Opinion).– Surveillance images captured the moment when a handcuffed Connecticut man broke his neck in the back of a police van, after the driver suddenly braked, causing him to be paralytic.
Randy Cox, 36, was paralyzed from the waist down when they took him to a police station in New Haven to be arraigned on a weapons charge on June 19, his family said.
The video of CBS New York, which is among a series of clips released by police this week, shows Cox suddenly sliding headfirst into the interior wall of the prisoner van, which authorities say was not equipped with seat belts.
The truck’s driver, Officer Oscar Diaz, said he was forced to brake hard to avoid a collision, police said.
Diaz continued to drive to the station, despite an injured Cox calling for help and saying he couldn’t move from the flat, according to video and officials.
A few minutes later, Diaz stopped the truck to check on Cox. The officer then called paramedics but told them to meet at the station instead of where he had stopped the truck, police said.
After arriving at the station, video showed several officers carrying Cox out of the truck by his feet and putting him into a wheelchair.
Police later booked Cox out of his wheelchair and left him on the floor of a jail cell, footage shows. Paramedics arrived minutes later and took Cox to the hospital, the corporation said.
The driver and four other New Haven police officers have since been placed on administrative leave while state police investigate the incident.
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker and Acting Police Chief Regina Rush-Kittle said they released the videos in an attempt to be transparent and turn over all evidence to state police, who have been called in for an investigation. Independent.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Cox and his family, said the injured man remains in intensive care.
Cox was paralyzed from the waist down from the incident and remains hospitalized in intensive care, his family said.
“I’m here because when I saw that video, it shocked my conscience,” Crump said at a news conference outside New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday.
“And I think when everyone sees that video, it’s going to shock their conscience. The only question is, why, when the police look at Randy Cox and say, ‘I can’t move,’ why don’t they shock their conscience?
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