Aviation Cops Who Dragged Doctor Off United Flight Have Been Fired

City fires 2 aviation cops involved in dragging man off United flight

2 aviation cops who dragged doctor off United flight fired

The Chicago Department of Aviation has fired two security officers for their roles in the forcible removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight in April, an incident that provoked global outrage.

On April 9, airport security officers in Chicago dragged 69-year-old David Dao from a crowded United Express plane.

Ferguson's report says that the use of "excessive force" caused Dao to break his nose, lose two teeth and sustain a concussion, and noted that the security officer who pulled Dao from the flight broke department policy when he "escalated a nonthreatening situation into a physically violent one".

Another officer was handed a five-day suspension - later shortened to two following an appeal - for their involvement in the incident, the footage of which nearly immediately went viral.

The firings were included in a report on the incident released on Tuesday by the Chicago Office of the Inspector General.

A video of Dao's removal went viral in April, sparking widespread outrage online.

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"The incident that took place aboard Flight 3411 has been a humbling experience and I take full responsibility", he said at the time. The other security officer resigned. It also found that the sergeant removed facts from the employee report about the incident, The Chicago Tribune reported.

"There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels", Demetrio said. They were identified only as an aviation security officer and a sergeant.

Though Dao settled a lawsuit against the airline for an undisclosed sum, his attorney would not comment on whether his client planned to sue Chicago aviation. "Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world", Thomas Demetrio, Dao's lawyer, said in a statement.

Dao was flying home to Kentucky, where he was due to see patients the following day, but United had overbooked the flight and needed to send additional staff to Louisville.

"Make completely clear through markings, procedures, and training, that the Aviation Security Division provides security services for airport staff and passenger safety, not police services", the report read.

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