“They dragged me to their vehicle like a dog with a trash can,” 39-year-old Clifford Owensby recalled at a news conference on Sunday.
Dayton Unit NAACP President Derrick Forward said at a news conference that Owensby accused the Dayton Police Department (DPD) of profiling, unlawful arrest, illegal search and seizure, and failure to read his rights before being taken to prison.
Dayton Police Major Brian Johns said in a recorded briefing that officers called for a Narcotics Detection K-9 unit as they left Owensby a suspected drug house in the area they were monitoring. He said that based on his past felony drug and weapons history along with his observation that he had left the residence in question, officers requested narcotics detection K-9s to sniff free-air on the vehicle.
“Dayton Police Department policy requires the occupants of the vehicle to exit the K-9 officer for their own safety and security,” Johns said.
According to the video, shortly after the radio call, one of the officers returns to Owensby, who is in the driver’s seat, and tells him to get out.
Owensby refuses, then tells the officer that he cannot because he is paralyzed. “I’m a paralytic,” Owensby says. “It helped me get in.”
The officer tells Owensby that he will assist him in getting out of the vehicle, but Owensby tells the officer not to touch him and requests that the officer call a superior. The officer responds by saying that he will call his superior, but Owensby must get out of the car first.
“So you can cooperate and get out of the car, or I’ll pull you out of the car. You see your two options here?” The officer yells at Owensby, who repeats his request for officers to call a superior.
Seconds later, two officers capture Owensby, and a conflict ensues. One of the officers grabbed her by the hand and collar and then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her out of the vehicle. Owensby is seen struggling on the sidewalk in the video, screaming for help as two officers proceed to subdue him.
Johns said Owensby was taken to a local hospital where he was examined for possible injuries and released. The police chief also said officers recovered a bag of cash containing $22,450 from Owensby’s vehicle.
Owensby said Sunday the money was his savings and that no weapons or drugs were found in the search. He was not charged with any drug-related offense.
A DPD police incident report shows that Owensby was charged with both misdemeanor misdemeanors, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
“I have nightmares,” Owensby said of the arrest. “I don’t have to leave my house every day wondering if this is going to happen to me again.”
Granthshala has contacted James Willis, the attorney representing Owensby in the case, for comment.
Granthshala’s Amy Simonson contributed to this report.
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