Two aviation officers fired for violently dragging doctor off United flight

Marcus Newton
October 19, 2017

Dr Dao, whose nose and two teeth were broken in the altercation, later reached an amicable settlement with the airline. A sergeant also lost his job because he "deliberately removed material facts" from a report about the incident.

It's been six months since the incident but Chicago aviation officials made a decision to fire the two security officers after an internal investigation.

The dragging incident was captured on video and quickly went viral on social media, sparking widespread outrage and prompting a number of congressional hearings.

Three security officers boarded United Express Flight 3411 on April 9, after Dao refused to leave the plane when the airline told him he and his wife would have to give up their seats for United crew members who needed to get on the fully-booked flight.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's office revealed the disciplinary action in its quarterly report on Tuesday.

After initially mishandling the aftermath of the affair, United Airlines apologised and settled with Mr Dao, who had threatened to sue them, for an undisclosed sum.

And United has vowed to not call airport security - or remove a passenger who is already seated on the plane - unless it's a matter of safety and security. Passengers posted cellphone video of Dao being dragged from his seat.

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The second officer, on the other hand, was accused of making two conflicting statements which were found in two separate reports and were meant to mislead the investigation and throw it off-track.

Demetrio said in a statement that Dao "is neither vindictive nor happy" about the inspector general's findings.

"Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world", Demetrio said.

The videos show some type of skirmish and then an officer dragging the bloody man out of the plane to the backdrop of a passenger screaming about the ordeal.

In his report on the incident, Officer Mauricio Rodriguez stated Long used "minimal but necessary force" in the incident. However, several aldermen have objected to Evans' move, and said only the City Council can make such a change regarding the city's aviation officers.

Of the two officers who were fired, one was an aviation security sergeant and one was a security officer.

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