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Lawyer: United will save evidence in dragged passenger case

John Slater, a United Airlines vice president, testifies at a City Council committee hearing in Chicago on Thursday, April 13, 2017.  Slater said that bumping passengers to accommodate airline employees happens infrequently, and that federal guidelines requiring rest for crew members made it necessary to get the employees on the United flight in which Dr. David Dao was dragged from on Sunday. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
John Slater, a United Airlines vice president, testifies at a City Council committee hearing in Chicago on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Slater said that bumping passengers to accommodate airline employees happens infrequently, and that federal guidelines requiring rest for crew members made it necessary to get the employees on the United flight in which Dr. David Dao was dragged from on Sunday. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)

CHICAGO – The lawyer for a man dragged off a United flight said the airline and Chicago officials have agreed to preserve evidence of the incident.

Attorney Thomas Demetrio said Saturday that the agreement means a court hearing scheduled next week isn’t taking place.

A lawsuit has not been filed, but Demetrio has indicated one is forthcoming.

He represents Dr. David Dao, a 69-year-old passenger who didn’t want to give up his seat last week on a flight from O’Hare International Airport. Demetrio has said Dao lost teeth, suffered a concussion and a broken nose as airport police employed by Chicago removed him.

Video of the incident went viral.

United has apologized and promised to review passenger-removal policies.

An airline spokeswoman declined comment Saturday because of pending litigation.

A city spokesman didn’t immediately return a message.

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