That turns out to be correct, based on the images of the agent’s bodycam (video: see below). The images were released on Friday after a fuss was made about the incident, which happened on September 30.
The driver, 39-year-old Clifford Owensby, was arrested after he drove away from a house believed to be an illegal drug dealer.
In the conversation he has with the officers from behind the wheel, he repeatedly refuses to leave the car, even when the officers offer to help him. Owensby asks the officers to bring in their chief. “I’m going to pull you out of the car first and then I’ll call my boss,” says one of them.
“You can cooperate and get out of the car, or I’ll drag you out of the car,” the officer says. “Those are the two options you have.”
Human rights organizations are shocked by the incident. “To pull a man’s hair out of the car, even a paralyzed man, is completely unacceptable and inhumane,” a representative of the civil rights movement National Association for the Advancement of Colored People told the Washington Post newspaper. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley called the incident “deeply disturbing.”
Owensby has not been charged. However, a bag with 22,450 dollars in cash was found in his car (converted more than 19,000 euros).