Officer fired after dragging passenger sues United, Chicago

  • Officer fired after dragging passenger sues United, Chicago

Officer fired after dragging passenger sues United, Chicago

The handling of the incident received widespread condemnation after video of the incident went viral on social media, leading to the firing of Long, and Dao receiving "millions" in settlement.

Long's lawsuit asserts that United should have known calling in the security officers would "require the use of physical force". Long was then fired from his position in August past year, following a disciplinary investigation.

Long's suit names United Airlines, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) and its commissioner, Ginger Evans.

They had previously been recognised as law enforcement officers, but according to the Tribune, they were stripped of their policing powers following the incident. Though they didn't carry firearms, the officers were required to graduate from the Chicago Police Academy or the Cook County Sheriff's Training Academy.

In his lawsuit, filed on Tuesday morning in Illinois, James Long claims that he did not receive proper training about how to deal with such situations, including procedure for what "level of force" he should implement.

With state-sanctioned law enforcement officer status, they could supplement their incomes working part time as police officers in other jurisdictions, join other law enforcement agencies without retraining and get perks based on seniority.

In response to the incident, the Chicago aviation department determined that Chicago Police would be the lead responders to airport emergency calls and not the unarmed security officers. He had refused to leave after being randomly selected along with several other passengers to give up their seats on an overbooked, Kentucky-bound flight. Due to the use of excessive force to remove him from the jet, Dao suffered a concussion, a broken nose and two knocked-out teeth. "But if he did do something wrong it was because the City of Chicago failed to properly train him".

The suit also alleges Evans defamed Long. Another officer involved was also fired, while a third resigned.

Long is seeking damages over his sacking, including back pay and payments to his retirement plan.

Evans made "deliberate and intentionally misleading omissions with the direct intention to harm" Long, the lawsuit claimed.