Sister of a Detained Man Who Smashed Head in Police Van Speaks: “It Makes me Sick to my Stomach”


It all began at a New Haven block party.

On June 19, police arrested Randy Cox, 36 years old, after he was seen with a gun and without a permit. He was placed in a police van without seatbelts and handcuffed.

To avoid an accident, the officer driving Cox’s van hit the brakes suddenly. Cox fell to his back and hit his head. He then collapsed and called for help.

“Help! I can’t get up,”Cox yelled at the back.

“I can’t hear you,”The officer stated this in body camera footage.

It took almost four minutes for the officer to check on him. He called for an ambulance to come and meet him at the station.

“I think I broke my neck,”Cox stated.

Cox was asked to move his legs.

“Why you not listening, bro? I can’t move!”Cox stated.

“You’re not even trying,”A woman responded.
They lifted Cox from the van and put him in a wheelchair. He was taken to the hospital and was once more processed.

“Mr. Cox was mistreated. He should have received medical attention immediately,”Karl Jacobson, New Haven Assistant Police Chief, said.

Layota Boomer, Cox’s sister, says her brother is now paralyzed from the chest down.

“It made me sick to my stomach. I couldn’t actually finish the whole video. They should be ashamed of themselves. At some point in time, somebody should have said, ‘Something is not right.’”

Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights lawyer, was hired by the family.

“There needs to be accountability. There needs to be policy changes, so this does not happen to the next marginalized person,”Crump,

These circumstances are very similar to those that occurred in Baltimore in 2015 to Freddie Gray.

Inside Edition chief correspondent Jim Moret demonstrated what it’s like to be in the back of a van with his hands and legs tied. He was wearing a helmet and pads to protect himself from injury.

“I’m jolted, tossed around, and I feel totally helpless,”Moret added.

Cox must use a tube to breathe in order to be paralyzed. In the meantime, an investigation has been launched and officers have been placed on administrative leave.