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Horrifying moment handcuffed suspect breaks his NECK in police van

Surveillance footage captures the moment a handcuffed suspect became paralyzed after being slammed into a police van before being dragged from the back by police in Connecticut last week.

Richard Cox, 36, who was arrested June 19 for possession of an illegal firearm, was being transported in a van without seat belts to the New Haven Police Department when the vehicle came to a sudden stop and Cox hit his head against the wall.

Cox is now fighting for his life at a local hospital where he is paralyzed from the neck down and has to use a breathing tube.

Footage shows Cox lying on the ground weakly yelling “help” until officers stopped to review the incident.

Cox was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm by the New Haven Police Department

Cox was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm by the New Haven Police Department

Richard Cox, 36, banged his head against the wall of the van before falling to the ground

Richard Cox, 36, banged his head against the wall of the van before falling to the ground

He was handcuffed in the back of a van with no seat belts when the vehicle came to a sudden stop

He was handcuffed in the back of a van with no seat belts when the vehicle came to a sudden stop

Officer Oscar Diaz went to check on Cox before calling an ambulance and going to the New Haven Police Department

Officer Oscar Diaz went to check on Cox before calling an ambulance and going to the New Haven Police Department

Officer Oscar Diaz then pulled the van over to check on Cox.

“What happened?” Diaz asked as Cox tried several times to tell him he couldn’t move his body.

Diaz called an ambulance and drove to police headquarters.

Multiple officers responded to the van, urging Cox to get up to get out of the van, despite Cox insisting he couldn’t move.

“If you have to drag me, do what you have to do,” Cox told the officers as they pulled him away from his leg.

“Sit down,” an officer told Cox several times as he was placed in a wheelchair and slumped forward with his head against the other side of his shoulder.

Upon arrival, officers pulled Cox out of the van after he insisted he couldn't move

Upon arrival, officers pulled Cox out of the van after he insisted he couldn’t move

Officers refused to believe anything was wrong with Cox, other than that they believed he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Officers refused to believe anything was wrong with Cox, other than that they believed he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol

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“Sit down,” an officer said to Cox several times

Officers took Diaz to the station for processing before lifting him from the wheelchair and dragging him into a cell

Officers took Diaz to the station for processing before lifting him from the wheelchair and dragging him into a cell

Cox was dragged into his cell by two police officers, while others said he was 'perfectly well'

Cox was dragged into his cell by two police officers, while others said he was ‘perfectly well’

Cox was laid on the floor of the cell while officers handcuffed him at his feet

Cox was laid on the floor of the cell while officers handcuffed him at his feet

The officers took Cox to the station for processing without medical assistance.

Before dragging Cox across the floor of a cell and cuffing his feet together, officers accused him of consuming drugs and alcohol – claiming that was his problem.

“He’s fine,” said an officer.

Cox is currently fighting for his life in a New Haven hospital, his attorney Ben Crump said.

“He’s paralyzed from the chest and has to use a breathing tube — his quality of life is forever diminished,” Crump said.

Crump – who has famously represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Trayvon Martin – is calling for justice after Cox was “tortured” for no reason.

“They dismissed his pleas as lies, instead of providing immediate medical attention, officers dragged him from the van and threw him into a wheelchair which may have aggravated his life-threatening injuries,” Crump said.

Ben Crump, who represented the families of Breanna Taylor, George Floyd and Tayvon Martin, is part of Cox's legal team

Ben Crump, who represented the families of Breanna Taylor, George Floyd and Tayvon Martin, is part of Cox’s legal team

Cox is fighting for his life and is in a breathing bath, said Crump

Cox is fighting for his life and is in a breathing bath, said Crump

Crump Calls for Accountability After Cops Neglect Cox and Reject His Pleas for Help

Crump Calls for Accountability After Cops Neglect Cox and Reject His Pleas for Help

The case is under investigation and the officers on duty have been placed on administrative leave. The agents include Ronald Pressley, Jocelyn Lavandier, Betsy Segui, Luis Rivera and Diaz, according to the New Haven independent.

According to a local attorney representing Cox, Jack O’Donnell, a lawsuit is pending.

Cox’s family and legal team will hold a news conference in New Haven court on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

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