Aviation officers say United passenger removed using 'minimal but necessary force'

26 April, 2017, 09:13 | Author: Valerie Burke

Dr. David Dao hit his mouth on an arm rest after pulling his arm away from a Chicago Aviation Department officer's right hand, police reports obtained by Heavy.com and the Associated Press said. Another officer corroborated that account.

The report says Dao became increasingly combative and began swinging his arms with his fists closed after one of the officers tried to grab him. However, the flight was never overbooked; instead, four passengers were asked to get off the flight so that four United employees could take their seats.

"He was very emphatic: 'I can't be late".

The CEO of United Airlines said last week no one will be fired over the incident - including himself.

CCTV video shows Dr Dao boarding the flight, originally bound for Louisville, Kentucky. The officers say they repeatedly asked Dao to leave his seat, but he refused. Dao never raised his voice, the couple said.

Dr. David Dao, whose forcible removal from an overbooked United Airlines flight unleashed a PR maelstrom for the carrier, was "aggressive" and "flailing his arms" as he fought with officers.

"I'm not leaving this flight that I paid money for", police reports quote Dau as saying. That's according to incident reports filed by the Chicago aviation officers who dragged him from the plane.

Video of this incident was taken by other passengers and it showed Dao being dragged up the plane aisle and with a bloodied mouth, causing public outrage that could not be calmed even by the initial response of the airline.

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After Dao had been removed from the plane, Long said Dao told him he was a diabetic before running back onto the plane and telling aviation officers they'd have to kill him.

Another officer, Mauricio Rodriguez Jr., wrote a similar introduction to his report, in which he said that Officer Long "assisted the subject by using minimal but neccesary (sic) force to remove the subject". The report, prepared by the Chicago Police Department under the title "Hospitalization Case Report", ironically did not include details about Dao's sustained injuries. "I am only giving this statement (sic) at this time because I know that I could lose my job if I refuse the direct order being given to me". The officers were later put on administrative leave.

Chicago's aviation department on Monday told the Journal that the three officers involved remained on leave and that it was conducting an investigation.

Moore had also faced suspension during his tenure with the department for not being at work and not telling his bosses, WHAS reported.

"What we see on this video does not reflect our values or how we care for our customers", American Airlines added in its statement.

Dr Dao's attorney, Mr Thomas Demetrio, told NBC's Today show on Monday that he meant to file a lawsuit.

He was later dragged off the plane, and video of the incident, recorded by other passengers, was posted online.

United has committed to sharing the results of their review and their subsequent actions by April 30.


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