A new video has surfaced documenting the words exchanged between Dr. David Dao and Chicago Aviation Police prior to Dao’s removal from a United flight on Sunday.
Here is the video, which shows a belligerent yet paradoxically calm Dao speaking to police officers–
A key part of the exchange:
Dao: ‘I won’t go. I’m physician. I have to work tomorrow, eight o’clock.”
Dao: ‘I… I tell you… make a lawsuit against United Airlines.’
[the police officer again tells Dao he must get off flight]
Dao: No I am not going! I am not going!
Police: Well… I have to drag you…
Dao: Well, you can drag me. I don’t go. I’m not going. I’m staying right there.
Dao [to the person he’s speaking to on his cell phone]: They’re trying to use force.
Police: I’m just telling you, it’s going to be a lot harder for you.
Dao: Yeah…I’d rather go to jail…the jail.
Police: You’d rather go to jail than just getting off?
He mentions he began his day in Los Angeles and doesn’t want to extend his travel day any further.
Why Did the Video Cut Off?
I’d still love to see if there was something that triggered the cops to act violently against him or if they simply became fed up with the back and forth. Thus, I label this video as inconclusive.
In watching this video, like Gary, I see a calm passenger simply stating his position. Yes, he’s inherently acting belligerent (hostile and aggressive) in refusing police orders, but these may well have been unlawful or at least improper orders. More importantly, he does not appear threatening at all. He’s tired — we learn his day started in Los Angeles, he has patients to see in the morning, and I admire him for not just rolling over and acting docile to an unreasonable demand.
But clearly not everyone sees it that way. For example, the Daily Mail is running with this headline–
(yes, you don’t need to remind me it is the Daily Mail…)
But that tone — “HE disobeyed” — is making its way around. Just like the news of Dao’s past yesterday sought to discredit him, this new video is also being used for the same purpose.
But unlike his irrelevant past, this video is highly relevant. The new counter-narrative goes like this: police were calm and he became violent. The police tried to gently escort him out and his resistance led to his bleeding.
So I’ll ask you — do you see this video as helping or hurting his case?
Just a note, I’ve been covering this heavily because it an issue that highly interests me and having been thrown off a United flight myself, is also an issue I can somehow relate to. Nevertheless, we will soon be back to “regularly programming” on Live and Let’s Fly.
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