WATCH: Cops Drag Wheelchair Bound Man Out of Car, Force Him to the Ground
A video shows police dragging a disabled man, who requires a wheelchair, out of his car and forcing him face down on the ground, in an attempt to arrest him.
By Jack Burns - July 24, 2017
Stayton, OR — Police in Stayton are under fire for what some have said is an insensitive and heartless arrest, after a video emerged showing their officers forcing a disabled man out of his car and aggressively shoving him face down on the ground.
Robert Twede, who requires a wheelchair to move around, was arrested earlier this month for driving three blocks to his home after police targeted him for a routine traffic stop that he says happens all too often. The reason for the original stop is not entirely clear as Twede was not cited for any traffic violations. Twede notes that he has been targeted and pulled over by these officers before, right by his house. He says that he usually drives back to his home because it is easier for him to get to his wheelchair.
A portion of this arrest on July 14 was captured on video. Before being ripped from his vehicle, he pleaded with the officers to retrieve his wheelchair and allow him to comply with their orders. They refused, and continued to insist that he “get out of the car.” Twede described the incident as well as the ongoing harassment he has received. He admitted that he did not immediately pull over when police used their lights and sirens to effect a traffic stop. Feeling more comfortable getting out of his vehicle on his home turf (knowing he can manage his chair there), he proceeded three blocks to his residence. “I didn’t elude the police when they got behind me. What I did do is called failure to yield to an emergency vehicle…I drove straight to my address didn’t break the speed limit, used turn signals, and stopped at all stop signs…I pulled into my driveway and turned off my car.” Twede wants people to know he has no criminal record and is not a felon. He says if he had broken the law, he would have been prepared to accept responsibility for his actions.
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