“We’re all disheartened by what happened, and I want justice for Randy as well,” New Haven’s assistant police chief said at a press conference
It all started at a block party in New Haven.
Randy Cox, 36, was detained by police on June 19 after he was spotted carrying a gun without a license. He was handcuffed and put into a police van without a seatbelt.
The cop operating Cox’s van quickly applied the brakes to avoid a collision. Cox banged his head after falling to his back. Then he fell and cried out for assistance.
“Help! I can’t get up,” Cox yelled at the back.
“I can’t hear you,” the officer stated in the body camera footage.
It took the police approximately four minutes to check on him. He requested an ambulance to meet him at the train station.
“I think I broke my neck,” Cox stated.
Cox was asked to move his legs.
Cox stated, “Why you not listening, bro? I can’t move!”
A woman responded, “You’re not even trying.”
Cox was placed in a wheelchair when they carried him out of the van. He was transferred to the hospital where he underwent additional processing.
“Mr. Cox was mistreated. He should have received medical attention immediately,” Karl Jacobson, New Haven Assistant Police Chief, said.
Cox’s sister Layota Boomer says her brother is now paralyzed from the chest down. “It made me sick to my stomach. I couldn’t actually finish the whole video. They should be ashamed of themselves. At some point in time, somebody should have said, ‘Something is not right.’”
The family hired renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
“There needs to be accountability. There need to be policy changes, so this does not happen to the next marginalized person,” Crump said.
These circumstances are very similar to those that occurred in 2015 in Baltimore to Freddie Gray.
Jim Moret, the chief journalist for Inside Edition, illustrated what it’s like to have his wrists and legs restrained in the back of a van. He was shielded from harm by a helmet and some padding.
“I’m jolted, tossed around, and I feel totally helpless,” Moret added.
As per washingtonpost, Cox is paralyzed and has to breathe through a tube. Officers have been placed on administrative leave while an inquiry is underway.