Randy Cox was sitting in the back of a New Haven, Conn., police van last week, having been arrested on a gun charge, when the vehicle suddenly stopped.
Cox, who was handcuffed and not wearing a seat belt, flew headfirst toward the front of the van’s holding area, smashing his head on the wall and falling to the floor, according to video footage from inside the vehicle published by multiple news outlets.
“Help,” the 36-year-old Black man groaned multiple times.
He remained in that position until he reached the detention center about eight minutes later, when officers dragged Cox out of the van, placed him in a wheelchair, ridiculed him about his posture and dragged him once more into a holding cell, according to body-camera footage. Cox was at the detention center for “10 to 15 minutes” before paramedics arrived to take him to the hospital, New Haven Police Department officials told reporters a day after the June 19 incident.
Now, Cox is paralyzed from his chest down and breathing on a ventilator, his attorneys and family members said at a news conference Tuesday, adding that Cox may never walk again.
“Randy Cox is lying in that hospital bed paralyzed from his chest down because of the actions — and the inactions — of the New Haven Police Department,” civil rights attorney Ben Crump said.
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