Officers Fired for Dragging Dr. David Dao Off United Flight

Oct 18, 2017

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Even though it’s been several months since passengers filmed law enforcement officers dragging Dr. David Dao off United flight 3411, the fallout from the incident continues. Now, two Chicago airport security officers who were involved in dragging Dao off the plane have been fired, and a third involved in the incident has resigned, according to Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

Two other security officers have been given five-day suspensions. None of the officers have been named.

One fired officer was found to have violated regulations when he used force and “escalated a non-threatening situation into a physically violent one” by grabbing Dr. David Dao from his seat on the Embraer 170 that was to depart from O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and land at Louisville International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky on April 9. The other fired officer tried to mislead investigators about what happened, while a third excised incriminating elements from the official reports, Ferguson said.

Dao, who refused to give up his seat on the packed flight, suffered a concussion, a broken nose and had two teeth knocked out as officers dragged him from the plane. The scene was caught on a cell-phone video and quickly went viral, creating a public-relations maelstrom for United.

In June, the Chicago Department of Aviation police were decertified by the state, meaning that the nearly 300-person force is no longer considered a law-enforcement organization.

United Airlines reached an undisclosed settlement with Dao in late April.

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