Police in Royal Oak, Michigan, were caught on a cellphone video (below) gang-tackling and using a stun gun on an unidentified 25-year-old man, who appeared to be compliant, on March 17.
“This individual was observed fighting with other patrons in the bar,” Royal Oak Police Lt. Dave Clemens told WDIV.
The video shows a group of police pulling the man, who has his arms behind his back, in different directions at the same time. The officers try to use headlocks and chokeholds on the man to bring him down on the ground. At one point, the chaotic shoving ends up with the man on top of a cop, notes The Free Thought Project.
One officer yells, "Taser!" and uses the device on the man while police pile on top of him. Moments later, an officer is seen kneeling on top of the man's head, shoving his face into the concrete.
A witness shouts at the police: "Stop it, he's down!"
At this point, a crowd of witnesses turn on the police, who encircle the man and their fellow officers.
One bystander tries to check on the man, but gets pushed back by officers.
The man gets flipped over on his back, is still handcuffed and has two officers kneeling on top of him.
“It was a very chaotic situation,” Clemens said. “They did the best they could under those conditions to take this person into custody.”
The man was charged disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, reports WDIV.
Steven Ba, who originally filmed the video, posted it on Facebook on March 18 and wrote: "Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal oak Michigan. He didn't resist at all! Share this video! Arrested for being Chaldean. Looks like each cop wanted to rip a limb off of him!"
“At this point, preliminarily, there doesn’t appear to be any misconduct by the officers,” Clemens stated.
Several commenters said the police used excessive force.