Attorneys representing a Black man who turned paralyzed whereas in police custody over the summer season sued the New Haven Police Division for $100 million on Tuesday.
The swimsuit alleges that an officer failed to securely restrain Randy Cox whereas he was handcuffed behind a police van in June, and that 4 different officers contributed to accidents whereas transporting Cox at a police detention middle. Cox suffered everlasting paralysis beneath his neck, cervical backbone accidents, contusions and damage to his muscle, spinal wire damage, everlasting scarring and a number of other different bodily accidents.
“Are you able to think about what it’s like making an attempt to get him right here and to the hospital now? Are you able to think about what they should undergo?” civil rights legal professional Benjamin Crump, who’s representing Cox’s household, mentioned Tuesday throughout a information convention in New Haven. “He’s a human being. Take a look at the humanity in him. Now we have a convention in America of discounting individuals of shade, marginalizing their worth.”
Cox, 36, has been out and in of the hospital because the incident, and his household has taken care of him. Crump mentioned he was searching for such a excessive sum as a result of Cox would want $20 million to $30 million simply to make sure his “fundamental high quality of life.”
“I would like justice for my son,” Cox’s mom, Doreen Coleman, mentioned on the press convention. “He can not do something for himself, and I’m the one that’s right here more often than not serving to him drink and serving to eat meals.”
Cox was arrested on June 19 for legal possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol with out a allow, then was positioned within a police van.
The officer driving the van, recognized within the lawsuit as Oscar Diaz, braked “with out warning,” inflicting Cox’s physique to be “violently thrown round” within the automobile, in line with the lawsuit.
Diaz drove for an additional two minutes and informed Cox he couldn’t pull over straight away. As soon as Diaz stopped driving, he opened the door and requested Cox what occurred to him. Cox replied: “I can’t transfer.”
Diaz then referred to as an ambulance and requested the emergency personnel to fulfill him on the detention middle, the place he and 4 different officers eliminated Cox from the van. Cox was injured and unable to face, the lawsuit says.
Cox informed the officers “a number of instances” that he thought his neck was damaged and that he couldn’t transfer, in line with the swimsuit. The officers positioned Cox in a wheelchair and ended up “dragging him” to a cell by his shoulders whereas he was nonetheless handcuffed.
The lawsuit alleges the 5 officers on the scene — Diaz, together with Betsy Segui, Ronald Pressley, Jocelyn Lavandier and Luis Rivera — acted with extreme pressure. It additional alleges that the officers’ actions had been “intentional, willful and deliberate.”
“Cox has suffered and continues to undergo nice bodily and emotional ache, together with however not restricted to psychological anguish, frustration, and anxiousness over the truth that he was and stays severely injured,” attorneys wrote within the lawsuit.
The town of New Haven has launched six physique digicam movies of the incident, together with a video from Diaz’s digicam that exhibits Cox unsecured whereas within the van and Diaz stopping the automobile abruptly.
All 5 officers concerned within the incident are on paid go away.
New Haven Mayor Josh Elicker and different metropolis officers introduced new reforms after visiting Cox within the hospital, with the aim of eliminating the usage of police vans for transporting people who’re being detained by police.