The video of a man being forcibly removed from a United flight is one of the most disturbing things I’ve watched in quite a while. There’s another video of him back on the plane, bleeding, repeating “just kill me.” Eventually he was removed on a stretcher.
The man who was brutalized at the order of United Airlines and Chicago’s transport police was a doctor on the way home with patients to treat in the morning. His crime? Refusing to give up his seat for a United employee because he had patients to see the next day.
Middle class Asian doctors on airplanes are supposed to be safe from the violence of the state. There is something seriously wrong with the behavior of American police if they act in this way against this man in this setting. Seriously wrong. If they’ll do this to this man on this plane what will they do to a black man on a deserted street in the south side of Chicago?