5 officers charged after Black man paralyzed in police van

The Independent
The Independent

Five Connecticut police officers were charged with misdemeanors Monday over their treatment of a Black man after he was paralyzed from the chest down in the back of a police van.

Randy Cox, 36, was being driven to a New Haven police station June 19 for processing on a weapons charge when the driver braked hard, apparently to avoid a collision, causing Cox to fly headfirst into the wall of the van, police said.

As Cox pleaded for help, saying he couldn’t move, some of the officers mocked him and accused him of being drunk and faking his injuries. Then, the officers dragged him by his feet from the van and placed him in a holding cell.

The five New Haven police officers were charged with second-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to persons.

The officers turned themselves in at a state police barracks Monday. Each was processed, posted a $25,000 bond and are due back in court Dec. 8, according to a news release from state police. Messages seeking comment were sent to attorneys for the officers.

The case has drawn 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 he suffered a spinal injury while handcuffed and shackled in a city police van.

Five officers were placed on administrative leave in Cox’s case.

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Lisa Sasseville

It should be ASSAULT, they did not properly restrain nor did they do their "duty" when removing him from the patty wagon! THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED! You make GOOD POLICE LOOK BAD! FOR SHAME!


It doesn't matter what race the man is. what matters is the treatment of the man. this has been known to happen before so law enforcement needs to find a safer way to transport people without them being jolted around

Jacob North

Are you naming his race to make this about race, or to stoke racial hatred? Because at the end of the day, he’s a man, who is a human being. You’re really gonna make this about race?


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