“The United Airlines employees could have flown on another flight, even been booked onto another airline—anything but cause this man to be treated like he was…”
The recent video of a man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight really made question why police used force to remove a passenger who had not done anything wrong other than have his number randomly chosen so someone else could take his seat.
This had me wondering, as both a cop and trainer of law enforcement officers, what justification the airport “police” used to lay hands on the man and forcibly take him from the plane. I watched for some signs that he fought back but didn’t find any. He didn’t make any type of aggressive action. Therefore, under what law or code did the police on that plane have a right to remove a paying passenger who had done nothing wrong? The victim, who broke no laws, literally did nothing other than sit in a seat he paid for and was physically removed for being picked at random.