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  1. That seems sketchy that United’s settlement prevents him from filing a suit against the police. Not really comfortable with the idea of corporations covering up abuse by police officers. They broke his nose and knocked his teeth out. These were not United employees they were the police (agents of the government) and it feels really wrong that this was included in any settlement where the city was not a party.

  2. US Department of State should be more concerned about what happens when you return home.

    Seems you are more likely to be harassed upon returning to the USA than to be caught in a foreign terror attack, especially if you happen to have a common Muslim name.

  3. United and Chicago may very well have struck a deal between themselves to deal with whatever settlement was reached.

  4. The purpose of settling with Dr. Dao is obviously to get this catastrophe behind them and out of the news. A suit involving the law enforcement personnel would completely defeat that purpose. United’s name would be disgraced again throughout any trial. No kind of court proceeding of any type is in United’s interest. They had to buy off Dr. Dao completely or not at all.

  5. The Aviation Dept probably blackmailed United that if United doesnt cover for the cops, cops are not going to respond to calls from United. If cops are slow to respond to legitimate calls more United flights would get delayed hitting them on the bottomline

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