Student: Undercover Cops Beat The Wrong Man (Video)

| by Brendan Kelly
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Video of a college student being tackled and arrested after reportedly being beaten by two undercover police officers who thought he was an armed fugitive has surfaced (video below).

James King was allegedly targeted by two plainclothes police officers who believed he was a fugitive on July 18, 2014, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The then-21-year-old King says he thought he was being mugged when the undercover officers approached him, tackled him to the ground and beat him.

Photos from King's jail booking show the college student with a swollen and bruised face and bloodshot eyes following the attack.

According to MLive, police believed King was a fugitive named Aaron Davison, who was wanted for a home invasion robbery. When they mistook King for Davison, they approached him, asked him for identification, and patted him down, all reportedly without revealing they were police officers.

King ran when one of the two men took his wallet out of his pocket because he believed he was being mugged, according to a lawsuit King has filed against the government.

The lawsuit says King ran about three steps before being tackled by the officers. He was then reportedly choked to the point of unconsciousness before the officers proceeded to "pound his head for no reason," one witness says. 

King was taken to a hospital before being jailed.

King's lawsuit against the U.S. government accuses the officers, identified as FBI Special Agent Douglas Brownback and Grand Rapids Detective Todd Allen, of assault, battery, false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional stress.

The lawsuit also accuses Grand Rapids Police Department Officer Connie Morris, who responded to the scene in uniform following the attack, of ordering several witnesses to delete video of the incident taken on their cellphones. 

According to MLive, at least two witnesses deleted their videos. A recording of the incident that was not deleted surfaced in April 2016, nearly two years after the incident, reports Daily Mail.

Sources: MLiveDaily MailYouTube / Photo credit: U.S. District Court via MLive

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