Video shows Detroit police officer punching naked woman at hospital

Officer suspended with pay

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DETROIT – Local 4 has obtained video that shows a police officer repeatedly punching a naked woman at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

The officer has been suspended after the video surfaced, DPD Chief James Craig said.

During a Thursday morning news conference, Craig said he's disturbed by what he saw in the video.

"We recognize that when you see the video, it's very troubling," Craig said.

Officers take woman to hospital

Craig said two officers responded to a "lewd and lascivious in progress" call around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Brainard Street and Trumbull Avenue. They found a naked woman who appeared to be having a mental emergency. Craig said the woman was passive and the officers knew she was likely having a mental crisis.

The officers put the woman in a scout car, gave her a robe to wear and took her to Detroit Receiving Hospital, Craig said.

"One of the concerns that I have is the fact that the officers did not handcuff this mentally ill person," Craig said. "We know from our training and experience that anytime we transport someone, particularly if they're suffering from mental illness, for their safety, for the officer's safety and the community's safety, that we handcuff (them)."


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