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Cop who dragged man off plane sues airline

April 12, 2018 12:02 PM
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WASHINGTON: A former Chicago aviation police officer who helped drag a 69-year-old male passenger off a parked United Airlines plane last year in an incident that drew international outrage is suing the airline and the city which fired him.

James Long, one of several officers involved in removing David Dao from the April 9, 2017, flight to make room for airline employees, filed the suit on Tuesday against United, Chicago's Department of Aviation and its commissioner, Ginger Evans.

The lawsuit, filed in the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, alleges he was not properly trained on how to use force.

Video footage recorded by other passengers showed Dao being dragged by Chicago aviation police, including Long, down the aisle of the plane. Dao had been asked to give up his seat to airline employees on a flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, but he refused.


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