US: 5 officers charged after black man paralyzed in police van

NEW PORT: Five Connecticut police officers were charged with misconduct Monday over their handling of a Black man after being paralyzed from the chest down in the back of a police van.
Randy Cox36, was being driven to a New Haven police station for processing of a weapons load on June 19 when the driver braked hard, apparently to avoid a collision, causing send to fly his head into the wall of the van, police said.
As Cox begged for help and said he couldn’t move, some officers mocked him, accusing him of being drunk and faking his injuries. The officers then dragged him out of the van by his feet and placed him in a cell before he was finally taken to a hospital.
The five New Haven police officers were charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to persons.
The officers turned themselves in to a state police barracks on Monday. Each was processed, posted $25,000 bail and is due in court Dec. 8, according to a state police press release. Messages requesting comment were sent to attorneys for the officers.
The case has sparked outrage from civil rights advocates like the NAACP, along with comparisons to the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore. Gray, who was also black, died in 2015 after suffering a spinal cord injury while handcuffed and handcuffed in a city police van.
In Cox’s case, five officers were placed on administrative leave. The state later dropped all charges against Cox that led to him being put in the van. These included illegal possession of a firearm and threats.
New Haven officials this summer announced a series of police reforms stemming from the case, including eliminating the use of police vans for most prisoner transports and using marked police vehicles instead. They also require officers to immediately call an ambulance to respond to their location if the prisoner requests or appears to need medical attention.

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