Randy Cox paralyzed: 5 Connecticut officers charged over treatment of Black man injured in back of police van

Five Connecticut police officers had been charged with misdemeanors Monday over their treatment of a Black man after he was paralyzed from the chest down in the back of a police van.

Randy Cox, 36, was being pushed to a New Haven police station June 19 for processing on a weapons cost when the driving force braked onerous, apparently to keep away from a collision, inflicting Cox to fly headfirst into the wall of the van, police mentioned. The incident was caught on video.

As Cox pleaded for assist, saying he could not transfer, some of the officers mocked him and accused him of being drunk and faking his accidents. Then, the officers dragged him by his ft from the van and positioned him in a holding cell.

(*5*) Cox’s sister, Latoya Boomer, informed CBS News.

The 5 New Haven police officers had been charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to individuals.

The officers turned themselves in at a state police barracks Monday. Each was processed, posted a $25,000 bond and are due back in courtroom Dec. 8, in line with a information launch from state police. Messages searching for remark had been despatched to attorneys for the officers.

The case has drawn outrage from civil rights advocates just like the NAACP, together with comparisons to the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore. Gray, who was additionally Black, died in 2015 after he suffered a spinal damage whereas handcuffed and shackled in a metropolis police van.

Five officers had been positioned on administrative go away in Cox’s case.

“Mr. Cox was mistreated,” Karl Jacobson, New Haven’s assistant police chief, mentioned in June. “He should’ve received medical attention immediately. We can’t defend anything that was released.”

The mayor’s office introduced a number of coverage adjustments following the incident, together with putting in seat belts in all police division transport vans and requiring officers to buckle in detainees. Seat belts had been already required in police cruisers.

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