The attorney for a man who was stopped by police after an alleged attempted burglary and then hit by a Drexel police car on campus says he plans to file a lawsuit on behalf of his client against the university.
The incident was captured on surveillance video taken on December 30th, 2011. In the video, a man can be seen running away after being stopped by Drexel Police, who were looking for a suspect in an attempted burglary.
What happens next is hard to watch, as 43-year-old Walter Johnson is seen getting hit and then pinned up against a wall by a Drexel University Police vehicle.
Moments later, the car pulls back and Johnson falls to the ground.
Johnson's attorney tells FOX 29's Chris O'Connell his client suffered a broken leg and a shattered pelvis - injuries that left him in a wheelchair for nearly nine months.
Before the collision, the video shows Johnson and another man trying to get through the locked doors of several university buildings.
In a statement from Drexel's Office of University Communications issued late last month, the university said it was notified by Johnson's attorney that he intended to file a lawsuit related to the "pursuit and arrest" of his client.
The university says a man who was apprehended during an attempted burglary on campus was struck by a campus police car as he was attempting to flee from police.
The police officer immediately called an ambulance and the suspect was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, the university said.
Johnson's attorney says he just wanted to use the bathroom and that it was nothing illegal.
His attorney says Johnson, who does have a criminal record, wasn't supposed to be there and should have been in a halfway house as a part of his probation in a prior case.
After an investigation, the district attorney's office withdrew charges.
The university says it will not comment any further on the incident.
State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania.
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