A video has recently surfaced of police officers in Michigan kicking a suspect and cursing at him for calling out for Jesus.
The video (below) was filmed by Emma Craig on Monday and originally posted on Facebook. The video shows two officers beating and kicking the suspect whom they are trying to handcuff.
"What did you say?" asked one police officer. "Jesus? You're calling Jesus? You f------- Don't you dare. Don't you f------- dare!"
The officers involved were part of a multijurisdictional task force, so it's not clear which department they are part of, noted Talking Points Memo.
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"We're looking at it, and we believe the officers actions were proper," Grosse Pointe Park Police Chief David Hiller told The Detroit News today. "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."
However, Emma Craig's son Ron countered that narrative.
"He was in handcuffs," Ron told The Detroit News. "You had him captured. He was no threat. It's not a race issue, it's a humanitarian issue."
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan released a statement today that said, "Prosecutor Worthy has asked that the matter be handled by an independent investigation by the Michigan State Police. The prosecutor has indicated that she will be actively monitoring the investigation. The Detroit Police Department will cooperate fully with the Michigan State Police investigation."
Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality Director Ron Scott said that the police acted "disrespectful and sacrilegious."
Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody told MLive.com that Detroit police officers later arrived at the scene, but were not part of the arrest.