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According to the initial police report, Dao was said to have pushed away an officer’s arm, causing “the subject to fall, hit, and injure his mouth on the armrest on the other side of the aisle.” Another officer corroborated that account, but none of this is visible on the videos passengers posted online.
Thomas Demetrio, Dao’s attorney, said video evidence is what doomed the officers.
“Do not state something that is clearly contrary to video viewed by the world,” he said in a statement. “Our cell phones are the best deterrent to ensure mistreatment becomes a rarity.”
The inspector general inquiry said that officers had “deliberately removed material facts from their reports.” Aviation officials fired the security official who had “improperly escalated the incident” as well as an official involved in removing facts from a report on the incident.
You have the constitutional right to tape LEOs in action. Use it.
As the counselor notes, “Cell phones are the best deterrent to ensure mistreatment becomes a rarity.”