US police violence: Five cops charged after black man paralyzed in police custody – Officers Oscar Diaz, Jocelyn Lavandier, Ronald Pressley, Luis Rivera and Sgt. Betsy Segui were charged with a misdemeanor of second-degree, reckless endangerment and cruelty to a person, according to arrest warrants filed in the Connecticut superior court.
Randy Cox, 36, suffered serious injuries to his neck and spine after he was arrested on suspicion of illegally possessing a handgun in June.
Video of Cox’s arrest shows a handcuffed Cox sitting on a long bench in a police transport van that had no seat belts. When the driver of the van braked hard, Cox slid down the bench head-first into the back wall of the van.
The footage showed that Cox’s repeated pleas for help did not receive much attention, and he was mocked by officers as faking his injuries.
Cox was charged with breach of peace, second-degree threatening, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm, and first-degree threatening. The charges were dropped last month but the injury left him paralyzed from the chest down.
All five officers, who were previously placed on administrative leave, were released on $25,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court on December 8.
A federal civil suit was filed in the US District Court of Connecticut on September 27 on behalf of Cox. The suit mentioned excessive use of force against the officers involved, co-counsel RJ Weber said in September.