I am a paraplegic.I've been talking about #CliffordOwensby's story for days.
More than half of all assaults and killings by police are of #disabled people.
Derrick Forward, president of the Dayton ACLU, says they are not calling it racial because the police officer is also Black.
But Derrick Forward says that this was a "pretextual context," for police profiling #CliffirdOwensby alleging that he was involved in drugs. There were no drugs in the car. BUT THERE WAS A CHILD IN THE CAR with Owensby.
#CliffordOwensby says he is still in pain from this horrific assault. Let me say, as a paraplegic, that you are in pain most of the time anyway. Being pulled from a car to the ground and then dragged to a police car is an egregious human rights violation.
Listening to #CliffordOwensby call for help in the video is horrifying on many levels. As someone who has fallen and been unable to get up due to my paralysis, the feeling of helplessness is overwhelming. These officers deliberately humiliated and injured Owensby.

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