Video Shows Police Brutality in Michigan

Another day, another video of police officers beating and kicking a man who was handcuffed and on the ground with an officer sitting on top of him. This time it’s here in Michigan and the officers are from Grosse Pointe Park, a suburb of Detroit. Here’s the video:

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The Detroit News reports on it:

At about the 23-second mark of the 9-minute-and-30-second video, one officer swings at the man seven times while the other officer delivers two kicks.

“Give me your arm,” one officer orders before apparently handcuffing the man. The officer then rears back and delivers another blow.

At one point, the suspect calls upon Jesus, which seems to upset one of the officers.

“What did you say?” asked the officer, who kneels on the suspect’s back and apparently cuffs him on the back of his head.

“Jesus? You’re calling Jesus? You (expletive)! Don’t you dare. Don’t you (expletive) dare!” the officer says.

The physical response by the officers is over by the 1-minute mark of the video, after which two officers can be seen giving each other a fist bump. After appearing motionless on the ground, the suspect is eventually stood up and searched. The officers found a pistol.

“That’s a justified (expletive) whipping,” a female officer says.

Unsurprisingly, the police chief is defending the officers:

The Grosse Pointe Park police chief on Tuesday defended officers from a multijurisdictional task force captured on video hitting and kicking a man suspected of carjacking a woman and her daughter at gunpoint before leading police on a quarter-mile foot chase…

Hiller said the incident occurred at 11 a.m. Monday near Evergreen and McNichols on Detroit’s northwest side after police were alerted to the suspect’s whereabouts by a tracking device.

“We’re looking at it, and we believe the officers actions were proper,” Hiller said. “In effecting the arrest, they had to kick to get his arms free because he was going for his gun, which was in his waistband.

“This subject was a parole absconder wanted for an armed robbery in Detroit. He was armed with a handgun,” Hiller said.

Yes, he did have a gun. But he was on the ground face down with an officer on top of him and they were handcuffing him. Their job is to subdue a suspect and arrest him, not to beat and kick him and go on religious rants while they do so.

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    See? Guns aren’t useful for self-defense. He had a gun and criminals still beat him up.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    But, but he asked Jesus for help and the police -still- beat him up.

    Jesus? Jesus? Are you there?

  • D. C. Sessions

    Their job is to subdue a suspect and arrest him, not to beat and kick him and go on religious rants while they do so.

    Do you have any basis for that rather radical claim, Ed? Because there seems to be a rather large body of evidence to the contrary.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Their job is to subdue a suspect and arrest him, not to beat and kick him and go on religious rants while they do so.

    Their job is to repress the poor, to keep them disempowered and in fear, for the benefit of those who rule society. That … Stuff … You said is just the marketing spin they feed the rubes. It’s a multi-level con.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    …and Marcus wins the thread in 1!

    Didn’t even give anyone else a chance.

  • dictionarygirl

    I have to say everything I saw them do was to get the suspect to cooperate and *subdue* him, as you say their job is. The officer on top of him clearly yells, “Give me your arm!” after the kicking and punching, showing they were trying to put him in handcuffs and he was resisting.

    I know there are a lot of legitimate cases of abuse and I’m firmly against that behavior. However, when something like this is posted as abuse, it aggravates an already hostile feeling toward police. That’s just my $0.02.

  • Michael Heath

    dictionarygirl concludes:

    . . . when something like this is posted as abuse, it aggravates an already hostile feeling toward police.

    Well I certainly hope this video generates more hostility towards the police. Law enforcement should be held to at least the same standard as citizens. I think their standard should be far higher since I demand we hire and develop only competent professionals, not thugs as we observe in this video.

    I say this as someone with direct experience. One time when I was young I subdued a thief who then physically attacked me. A police officer then showed up after he’d become docile (he was mentally ill), beat him, and then put a chokehold on him that I thought would break the poor guy’s neck.

    If I can control my emotions and limit the force that was neccessary, in spite of my being a jock in my testosterone-fueled twenties at the time, then a cop far bigger then me and on the beat for 20+ years should be able to do so as well.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    “Jesus? You’re calling Jesus? You (expletive)! Don’t you dare. Don’t you (expletive) dare!” the officer says.

    This cop was just a little ahead of his time – after the Revolution is when we order the Gaystapo-lice to beat up anyone who calls upon a deity.