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Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

City fires 2 aviation cops involved in dragging man off United flight

City fires 2 aviation cops involved in dragging man off United flight

He had been apparently randomly selected to be leave the Flight 3411 to Louisville because United (Shenzhen: 000925.SZ - news) needed the seat for a member of a different flight crew but Dr Dao refused, saying he had patient appointments to keep. Another officer corroborated that account, but none of this is visible on the videos passengers posted online.

Two airport security officers have been sacked for their part in the forcible removal of a passenger from a plane that left him bleeding from a broken nose and two broken teeth. The incident sparked outrage around the world after several social media videos of the incident surfaced, and United CEO Oscar Munoz went on national TV to apologize.

Three law enforcement officers who dragged a doctor off a United Airlines' flight in April are no longer in their jobs.

First calling the passenger "disruptive and belligerent" and claiming that the flight was overbooked, the airline later conceded that the flight was not actually overbooked.

On April 27, just a few weeks after the incident, the airline reached a settlement for an undisclosed sum with Dr. David Dao.

Thomas Demetrio, Dao's lawyer, warned other aviation security officers to take the Chicago department's case as a lesson. The inspector general's report said "the investigation also uncovered that the employees made misleading statements and deliberately removed material".

Long said Dao was injured when he hit his arm, causing him to lose his grip, and his face smashed against an armrest.

The report also noted that two security officers tried to cover for each other.

In light of the damning report, the Department of Aviation made a decision to terminate a security officer who allegedly "improperly escalated" the April 9 incident and the sergeant accused of redacting facts from an employee report, according to the local paper. In July, it decided the Chicago Police Department would respond to airport disturbance calls over security officers. "That's the law", the attorney said days after the incident.

Chicago aviation officials said the firings occurred in August. The aldermen introduced an order calling Evans to testify at a public hearing on her decision to remove the word "police" from the officers' uniforms and vehicles, but the Rules Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing.

The inspector general originally ordered a five-day suspension for two other officers.

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