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Aviation cop: ‘Minimal but necessary force’ was used to remove United passenger

Aviation cop: ‘Minimal but necessary force’ was used to remove United passenger

CHICAGO — A Chicago aviation police officer said “minimal but necessary force” was employed to remove Dr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight after he reacted aggressively when asked to get off the plane, according to records released Monday by the city. The incident reports provide additional detail into the April 9 incident at O’Hare International Airport, which gained international attention after video shot by other passengers of Dao being dragged off the flight went viral.
Officer Mauricio Rodriguez Jr. said in his report that after being called to the United flight, he and fellow officers tried to persuade Dao to get off the plane, but he stated: “I’m not leaving this flight that I paid money for. I don’t care if I get arrested.”
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