A man who was injured earlier this month while being transported by New Haven police is now paralyzed from the chest down.
The incident happened on June 19 when 36 year old Randy Cox was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm.
While being transported to the jail facility officers failed to place Cox in a safety belt. Officers came to an abrupt stop to avoid a crash and Cox slid head first into the vans wall.
Cox yelled for help but got no response from the officers. Eventually Officer Diaz pulled over to check on Cox and called for an ambulance to meet them at the station.
Video surveillance released shows officers dragging Cox body through the police station instead of waiting for emergency crews. Cox is heard telling officers that he can’t move his neck.
Cox family says he remains hospitalized and has undergone several surgeries. He also remains on a respirator and feeding tube.
Since the incident five police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.
Cox attorney Ben Crump has also asked for all video footage regarding the incident.
Crump said Cox is paralyzed because of the “actions and inactions taken by the New Haven Police Department” while he was being transported in a detention van.