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Police say 'minimal but necessary force' was used to drag David Dao off his United flight

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Police reports from the day David Dao was dragged off a United Airlines flights blame Dao for his own injuries, claiming he was "aggressive" and "flailing his arms."

The video of Dao's removal sparked international outrage, as it depicted a man being pulled from his seat, then hitting his head on an armrest before being dragged down the aisle.

The incident reports were released Monday in response to Freedom of Information Act requests by multiple news organizations.

One report claimed Dao said, "I'm not leaving this flight that I paid money for. I don't care if I get arrested." As more police arrived, he started "swinging his arms up and down fast and violently." According to the report, his motions caused him to lose control, leading him to fall and hit his head on the armrest. 

Another report claimed "minimal but necessary force" was used to "remove" Dao. A third report claimed Dao was "flailing and fighting." Yet another report said after the incident, Dao said, "You'll have to kill me."

WATCH | Here's the now-infamous video of the encounter.

Dao's legal team has promised a lawsuit. Lawyer Thomas Demetrio told the Los Angeles Times the aviation officer reports were "utter nonsense."


United's response to the incident was widely lampooned, particularly after CEO Oscar Munoz said Dao was "re-accomodated." Since then, Munoz has apologized multiple times and changed its overbooking policy to prevent similar incidents.

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