Two officers fired after United Airlines dragging incident; another quits

Two officers fired after United Airlines dragging incident; another quits

Troy Powers
October 19, 2017

In a quarterly report, Chicago's Office of the Inspector General found that a Chicago Department of Aviation security officer "improperly escalated the incident" and that a sergeant "made misleading statements" and "deliberately removed material facts" from employee reports on the April 9 incident aboard United Express Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville, Ky.

The names of the officers were withheld, as is the norm when employees are fired, and were referred to according to their ranks.

An investigation by the city's Office of Inspector General found that three aviation security officers and one aviation security sergeant "mishandled" the situation, according to the office's third-quarter report.

The chairman of the City Council's Black Caucus has demanded that aviation security officers continue to undergo four months of training at the police academy and retain their titles as police officers.

The Aviation Department said a review of its policies and procedures was ongoing and would be completed by the first quarter of 2018, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans also has moved to force airport security officers to remove the word "police" from their uniforms and vehicles in the wake of the incident.

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Ferguson noted that both of the fired officers have "grieved their discharge" with arbitration dates not yet scheduled.

The incident proved to be a PR disaster for United Airlines and the management headed by Oscar Munoz, who is the CEO, were forced to offer a public apology and begin an investigation into the embarrassing incident.

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

Dao has already settled with United for an undisclosed amount. The incident was filmed by several passengers and quickly went viral.

Dao's lawyer Thomas Demetrio said his client was "neither vindictive nor happy about Mr Ferguson's findings". Demetrio said Dao lost two teeth, broke his nose and sustained a concussion when he was dragged from the plane. "I hope he becomes a poster child for all of us, someone's got to", Demetrio said at that news conference, noting that Dao would need reconstructive surgery for damaged sinuses.