2 officers placed on go away after man injured in police van

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Two officers in Connecticut have been positioned on paid go away after a person was significantly injured at the back of a police van and dragged across the police station earlier than being taken to a hospital with indicators of paralysis, authorities stated.

New Haven Assistant Police Chief Karl Jacobson stated at a information convention Tuesday night that Officer Oscar Diaz didn’t comply with a division coverage that requires officers to name for medical help and await paramedics when somebody is in misery in a police automobile. He stated Diaz braked onerous to keep away from an accident, injuring Richard Cox.

“It is a horrible factor that occurred to this younger man, and we’re going to do all the things attainable so it doesn’t occur once more,” Jacobson stated.

Metropolis police on Tuesday additionally launched movies of their dealing with of Cox and stated state police have been referred to as in to analyze.

Cox, 36, of New Haven, was arrested on a gun cost Sunday. He was being handled at a hospital and there was an opportunity he could possibly be completely paralyzed, Mayor Justin Elicker stated.

On Wednesday, the president of the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP, Scot X. Esdaile, stated he will probably be asking federal authorities to analyze how New Haven cops handled Cox.

“They have to be held accountable for this man being paralyzed,” Esdaile informed The Related Press.

Esdaile stated the state of affairs reminded him of the Freddie Grey case in Baltimore. Grey, a 25-year-old Black man, died in 2015 after he suffered a spinal harm whereas handcuffed and shackled in a Baltimore police van.

Cox, who’s Black, additionally was handcuffed when he was at the back of the New Haven police van, and there have been no seat belts. He flew headfirst right into a wall when Diaz braked onerous to keep away from an accident, police stated. A digital camera recorded the moments when Cox was injured.

Diaz then resumed driving to the police division regardless of Cox calling for assist and saying he was injured and could not transfer, in accordance with the video and officers. A couple of minutes later, Diaz stopped the van to test on Cox, who was mendacity immobile on the ground.

Diaz then referred to as paramedics, however informed them to satisfy him on the station as an alternative of ready for them, Jacobson stated.

On the station, officers dragged Cox out of the van by his toes and put him in a wheelchair, video reveals. Police then booked Cox, took him out of the wheelchair and dragged him right into a cell, the place he was left on the ground, video reveals.

Paramedics arrived minutes later and took Cox to a hospital, officers stated.

Elicker stated Tuesday night that he discovered the officers’ motion, and inaction, “fairly regarding.”

“As soon as {the handcuffs} go on, you’re then within the care of the New Haven Police Division and there’s an obligation to deal with each particular person in a fashion that ensures their security and well-being,” he stated. “A few of the actions taken by the officers, in my private judgment, fall in need of that.”

Diaz and Sgt. Betsy Segui, who works within the division’s detention space, have been positioned on paid go away pending an investigation. Three different officers have been transferred out of the detention space, officers stated. Officers are heard on movies telling Cox at numerous factors to face up or transfer, however he couldn’t.

Messages looking for remark have been despatched to Diaz, Segui and the native police union.

Attorneys Lou Rubano and R.J. Weber III stated in an announcement that they’re representing Cox and questioned cops’ dealing with of him.

“We’re praying for Mr. Cox’s well-being. He has an extended and painful restoration forward of him. His household is united and by his facet,” they stated.

Within the Freddie Grey case, six officers have been charged. Three have been acquitted and Baltimore’s state legal professional dropped the opposite circumstances. The Justice Division declined to convey federal fees.