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Dashcam Video Shows Police Using Excessive Force On Mentally Disabled Michigan Man

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A dashcam video shows a mentally disabled Michigan man being arrested by Dearborn Police around 4 a.m. back in December.

Ali Beydoun, 27, was stopped by police while riding his bike to his mother's house, 7 Action News reports.

Beydoun was fixing the chain on his bike when an officer walks up to him and asks a few questions. Beydoun would not produce ID and resisted arrest. The video then shows him being taken down to the ground and and officer using his knee to subdue the man while other officers held him.

According to the reports, Beydoun was taken to Oakwood hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained during the struggle. However, Dearborn Police did not charge the man with a crime.

Beydoun also told the newspaper that he had suffered back and facial injuries.

Attorneys have filed a Civil Rights Complaint against the Dearborn Police Department and plan to follow it up with a federal lawsuit alleging excessive force, false arrest and assault and battery.

The case is being reviewed by Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly and the police chief.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) also got involved and discussed the case at a news conference on Thursday in Dearborn.

Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad told 7 Action News that according to an internal review, there was no excessive force found and proper procedures were used by officers.

Writing in a statement, the city of Dearborn says Beydoun attracted the attention of the officers for various reasons, including not being “dressed appropriately for the 20-degree weather that December morning.”

It adds that Beydoun was in “a neighborhood that has experienced auto thefts and break-ins. It is common for criminals to use a bike when traveling to an area to steal cars.”

The city is defending its officers, saying the dashcam footage shows that Beydoun “resisted police officers’ lawful instructions, resulting in the necessary use of force, showed the officers acted and reported the incident appropriately and according to approved department protocols.”