Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Two officers fired for dragging doctor off of United Airlines flight

Two officers fired for dragging doctor off of United Airlines flight

The security officers were then summoned by the airline staff and surrounded Dao's seat, and forcefully dragged him off the flight amid protests and dismay from fellow passengers.

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans announced earlier this year that Chicago's $19 million-a-year force of 292 unarmed aviation police officers would survive the passenger dragging fiasco, but only after their roles are minimized, their training is overhauled and the word "police" is stripped from their badges, uniforms and vehicles.

The second officer, on the other hand, was accused of making two conflicting statements which were found in two separate reports and were meant to mislead the investigation and throw it off-track. The inspector general's report said "the investigation also uncovered that the employees made misleading statements and deliberately removed material".

Doctor David Dao suffered serious injuries after refusing to give up his seat.

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Two airport security officers have been sacked for their part in the forcible removal of a passenger from a plane that left him bleeding from a broken nose and two broken teeth.

The Department of Aviation ultimately fired the officer who "improperly escalated the incident" and the sergeant who tampered with the incident write-up, according to the report.

The incident happened aboard a United Airlines flight destined for Louisville from Chicago in April when Dao declined to give up his seat on the overbooked flight, for a crew member who was to work on a connecting route.

Union representatives could not be reached immediately for comment.

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Chicago aviation officials said the firings occurred in August.

Mr Dao's lawyer Thomas Demetrio said his client was "neither vindictive nor happy", adding: "There is a lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels".

"Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world", Demetrio said.

In his report on the incident, Officer Mauricio Rodriguez stated Long used "minimal but necessary force" in the incident.

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