Officers fired over passenger dragged off United flight
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Two security officers have lost their jobs after a passenger was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight in April, CNN reported.

An investigation by Chicago's Office of Inspector General found that three officers from the Chicago Department of Aviation, along with a sergeant, had been involved in the "violent and forceful removal of a passenger." 

The department decided to fire the officer who was seen as having escalated the incident, as well as the sergeant, who was "involved in the deliberate removal of facts from an employee report," according to CNN. 

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One of the other officers resigned, while the fourth received a suspension from duty. 

The investigation also found that the employees had given "misleading statements and deliberately removed material facts from their reports" on the incident. 

The officers dragged David Dao, a doctor, by his arms and legs off the overbooked flight to Louisville, Ky., where the doctor said he needed to see patients the next day. 

Dao suffered a concussion, a broken nose and lost two teeth when the officers went to remove him from the flight, an official said, according to CNN.

The incident was captured on video by other passengers on the flight and sparked an immediate uproar. Some Democratic lawmakers called for a hearing on the incident.

Dao had originally said he would willingly give up his seat to accommodate a flight crew, but reneged his offer upon learning the next flight wouldn't leave until the next day, refusing to leave when the officers began selecting people to leave. 

An attorney for Dao said the firing of the officers served as a "lesson to be learned here for police officers at all levels," citing the officers' claims that disputed the video evidence, CNN reported.