Clifford Owensby of Dayton, Ohio, recently discovered the brutal and repressive extent to which the American police state would go to enforce window tint extortion regulations, as the PBWW website revealed last week. Owensby, who had done no crime, was singled out by police, beaten, and then escorted away due to the arbitrarily dark tint on his window tint. Over the weekend, police revealed body camera video demonstrating exactly how violent officers are prepared to be over the blackness of a man's windows — his skin as well.
Though the cellphone video was terrible enough, independent media outlets covering the issue last week are now forced to report it this week because of the body camera footage. It is really revolting.
Owensby's horror began last month when he was out doing errands with his grandson. While Owensby was driving along the street, causing no damage, he was targeted by police for extortion due to his window tint being set at 20%. Both body camera and smartphone video were used to record the encounter.
As seen in the video, an officer approaches the vehicle and informs the innocent parent that his window tint is too dark, before subsequently insisting that he leave the vehicle so a drug dog can sniff it.
Owensby then stated to the officer that he was unable to exit the vehicle because he was missing his wheelchair and had had assistance getting in.
"I'm paraplegic," Owensby states again. "I was assisted in entering."
"Well, I'll assist you in exiting," the officer responds.
"I don't believe that will happen, sir," Owensby responds.
The officer then informs Owensby that they would be running a drug dog around his vehicle — since Owensby has already been arrested — and uses this threat as the last straw.
Owensby then summons a family member to come down and record the encounter.
"Bring cameras," he instructed his phone before requesting assistance from a supervisor.
"Here's the deal; I'm going to extract you and then summon a white shirt. "Because you're exiting the vehicle," the officer said. "That is not a viable choice. You're getting out of this automobile, so comply and exit the vehicle, or I'll pull you out. Are you aware of your two choices here?"
Moments later, as seen on camera, Owensby is pulled from the vehicle by his hair and tossed to the ground like a rag doll – all because of window tint.
Due to the absence of narcotics or contraband, police seemed to fabricate accusations to justify their treatment of Owensby. He was penalised for placing his kid in the incorrect car seat and for illegal window tinting.
"The footage of this police encounter is very troubling," Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley told NPR in a statement. "That is why the city published the body camera video immediately after this event. Every party is entitled to a full inquiry, which is currently underway."
"To drag this guy out of his vehicle by his hair – a paraplegic — is completely wrong, cruel, and reflects poorly on our wonderful city of Dayton, Ohio," NAACP President Derrick L. Foward told the Washington Post.
Naturally, the police union takes a contrary position and defends the officers for pulling this father from his vehicle during the stop.
"The officers acted in accordance with the law, their training, and departmental rules and procedures," said Jerome Dix, president of Dayton Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #44. "While arresting noncompliant people is not always pleasant, it is an essential element of law enforcement in order to preserve public safety, which is one of our society's basic ideals."
The Dayton Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau is now investigating the event and promises to publish the findings upon completion.