Uncovered Video Shows Texas Police Officers Dragging Handcuffed Black Man Along Concrete

A news station in San Antonio has uncovered a video showing two Texas police officers dragging a limp, handcuffed Black man along a street.

Footage of the incident, which occurred on January 30, was obtained by KSAT 12 on Tuesday and appears to show San Antonio Police Detective David Pantoja and Officer Robert Ferguson dragging Joshua Coney by his handcuffed arms as Coney lies limp with his back on the ground.

Pantoja, a veteran detective, was suspended from duty for 20 days without pay for his role in the event. His suspension paperwork states that Coney was “unnecessarily dragged” and that he was refused medical help after asking for care.

Although the video does not have sound, investigators say Coney was screaming during the incident, according to reporting by KSAT 12.

Pantoja wrote in his incident report that the two officers were forced to drag Coney because he “made his body go limp.” He claimed Coney “attempted to place both of his legs under the rear of my patrol vehicle to appear as if he had been run over by the police vehicle.”

Pantoja also issued Coney a bogus misdemeanor citation for failure to produce ID when asked, even though this is not a citable offense, police records show. It was not immediately clear what Coney was being arrested for.

“Detective Pantoja did not thoroughly understand the laws and ordinances which he was charged with enforcing when he issued the citation in question,” suspension paperwork for the detective showed. Pantoja has worked for the SAPD since 1996.

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Cammy Pedroja